The Bamboo Cutter & the Moon Maiden: A Japanese Folk Tale

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This charming retelling of a Japanese folktale couples stunning illustrations with a magical story of love, integrity, and self-sacrifice. The tale begins when a loving couple discovers a tiny baby girl in a thicket of bamboo stalks and takes her home to raise as their own. The Bamboo Princess, as she comes to be known, grows into womanhood while fending off suitors, caring for her new family, and ultimately fulfilling her destiny by returning to her true and rightful home—the moon. In the mold of traditional ...
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Overview

This charming retelling of a Japanese folktale couples stunning illustrations with a magical story of love, integrity, and self-sacrifice. The tale begins when a loving couple discovers a tiny baby girl in a thicket of bamboo stalks and takes her home to raise as their own. The Bamboo Princess, as she comes to be known, grows into womanhood while fending off suitors, caring for her new family, and ultimately fulfilling her destiny by returning to her true and rightful home—the moon. In the mold of traditional Japanese morality tales, this story reinforces values of bravery, hard work, and humility. A full explanation of the research and meticulous preparations behind the illustrator’s intricate artwork, which harkens back to time-honored Japanese block prints, is also included.
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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
A tiny baby girl found in a bamboo stalk quickly grew into a beautiful young maiden. Her adopted father soon received five letters requesting her hand in marriage. The princess agreed to see the young men, but she did not really wish to leave her parents. She, therefore, set an impossible task for each of the potential suitors. The first prince, being very lazy, tried to pass off an ordinary stone bowl for the jeweled one he was sent to India to find. The cunning second prince hired jewelers to make a beautiful golden branch, which he then claimed came from the floating mountain of Horai. When the third prince found the robe made of fire rats, he mistakenly burned it and, due to his shame, disappeared forever. Another prince injured himself trying to retrieve a shell hidden in a swallow's nest. The last prince set out on a voyage to find the dragon jewel. He became so seasick during a storm that he refused to get back into a boat and remained on an island far from Japan for the rest of his life. The bamboo princess cared for her aging parents for many years. She returned to her true home on the moon after both of them died. Large brilliantly colored paintings fill most of the pages, enhancing this ancient tale of wisdom and compassion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933317397
  • Publisher: Silverleaf Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Pierce Williston is the author of Hindu Tales Retold and Japanese Fairy Tales. Dilleen Marsh is the illustrator of All Kinds of Answers; Grandpa and Me and the Wishing Star; Some Answers Are Loud, Some Answers Are Soft; and What Happens When People Die. She lives in Salt Lake City.
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