The Furry-Legged Teapot

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Yoshi the tanuki?a Japanese raccoon-dog?learns how to magically transform himself into anything, even a teapot. But what happens when he can?t change back? This is the tale of the teapot-tanuki?s adventures, from the day he leaves his family to the day he meets the Emperor himself. What will it take for this teapot to become a tanuki again? Only the Emperor?s grandson knows the answer. Asian-influenced illustrations using vibrant acrylic paints bring the mythical tanuki to life....

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Overview

Yoshi the tanuki—a Japanese raccoon-dog—learns how to magically transform himself into anything, even a teapot. But what happens when he can’t change back? This is the tale of the teapot-tanuki’s adventures, from the day he leaves his family to the day he meets the Emperor himself. What will it take for this teapot to become a tanuki again? Only the Emperor’s grandson knows the answer. Asian-influenced illustrations using vibrant acrylic paints bring the mythical tanuki to life. An author’s note is included.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This Japanese folktale tells the story of a young tanuki raccoon dog named Yoshi. Tanukis possess the ability to magically turn themselves into other things. Yoshi is excited and cannot wait to begin transforming himself. His family advises him to be patient and to practice his concentration first. Like a typical youngster, however, Yoshi disregards the advice of his elders and secretly practices changing himself. Bursting with excitement and confidence, he runs into a farmhouse and promptly changes himself into a teakettle. The problem arises when the kettle is put on the fire. The heat causes Yoshi such pain that his legs pop out (but nothing else) and poor Yoshi cannot concentrate hard enough to transform himself back. Many folktales change with each retelling, and this version is no exception. Will Yoshi ever be able to turn himself back into a raccoon dog, or will he forever be half teapot and half dog? This timeless tale, combined with the charming illustrations, makes it a book that will undoubtedly be enjoyed for many years to come.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4 - When Yoshi, a mischievous tanuki (a popular Japanese folk character), finally comes into his power to shape-shift like the others of his kind, he races off to play a trick on the farmer's wife. He changes into a teapot, not realizing that the fire under him will become so hot that he will be unable to concentrate sufficiently to change back to himself. Yoshi can only pop his legs out of the pot and run to seek help from the monks. They consider him a demon, however, and lock him away where he alternately appears to curious visitors as simply a teapot or a teapot with furry legs. For months the tanuki languishes in loneliness until word of the amazing vessel prompts the Emperor to pay a visit. The ruler remains unimpressed, though, and Yoshi stays imprisoned in the teapot until he is saved by a most unlikely rescuer whose insight will have readers cheering. McGuire's acrylic spreads place the farmer's hut and monk's quarters in a lush Japanese countryside with mountains in the background. The monks in their simple black robes stand in contrast to the Emperor in his garment of "iridescent silk," striding before a retinue of flag-carrying servants and onlookers in colorful kimonos. The tanuki is appropriately depicted like his namesake, a raccoonlike dog native to Japan. Myers provides source notes for his entertaining version of "the tanuki-turned-teapot" story, and readers will enjoy comparing it to his Tanuki's Gift(Marshall Cavendish, 2003).-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761452959
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 986,065
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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