You Wouldn't Want to Be a Ninja Warrior!

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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Being a ninja is not as easy or fun as it appears to be. Ninjas aren't made, they are born into a ninja family and trained from the time they are young to become some of the most feared people in Japan. Against their fearsome reputation, when ninjas are not working for their warlord, they masquerade as the lowest level of Japanese society. Despite the difficult training and the secret life ninjas have to lead, they are still fascinating characters in world history. This fun text follows a ninja from the time he begins training at the age of five and concludes with his first successful mission. The illustrations show how ninjas move stealthily, how they fight against other ninjas and warriors, and include amusing little cartoon captions that make the text fun and informative at the same time. The text is simple to read and relates a great deal of historical information about ninjas but is also engaging and makes the reader eager to learn more about ninjas and the Japanese society in which they lived. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—The building of the Hoover Dam was an engineering feat that involved 21,000 people: surveyors, bosses, truck drivers, carpenters, electricians, miners, mechanics, crane operators, muckers, and the workers dangling from the canyon walls—the high-scalers. Plenty of statistics, diagrams, and trivia (including the origin of the term "hard hats"), and the usual cartoon visages of workers shown in their most hazardous duties, fill the pages in yet another humorous glance at history that addresses readers in a personal way with facts and thoughts. Ninja Warrior! looks at feudal Japan c.1550-the Warring States Period. Perhaps the time period may be a bit distant for young readers, but mention the word "ninja," and martial-arts enthusiasts relate to the invisibility, secrecy, and weaponry of this group. Through customary short entries and inviting visuals; a "recipe" for stealthy attack; descriptions of Japanese feudal classes, clothes, training, ninjutsu (skills), and the lifestyle of the ninja, this volume brings an impression of the era to life. Text features in both books include speech bubbles, a large font, and sidebars that emphasize danger or highlight little-known facts. Welcome buys for fans of the series.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531209486
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want to... Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 229,825
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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