The Funny Little Woman

The Funny Little Woman


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In this Caldecott Medal-winning tale set in Old Japan, a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling—and must outwit the wicked three-eyed oni when she lands in their clutches.
“The pictures are in perfect harmony with the humorous mood of the story. . . . It’s all done with a commendable amount of taste, imagination, and style.”—School Library Journal (starred review)
“A beautifully convincing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Using elements of traditional Japanese art, the illustrator has made marvelously imaginative pictures.”—The Horn Book
“Lent’s pictures are a lively blend of finely detailed, delicate drawings and rip-roaring good humor.”—The Boston Globe
“A good read-aloud with lots of suspense.”—Learning
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Child Study Association Book of the Year
The Horn Book Fanfare

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140547535
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 119,689
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Arlene Mosel was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1921. She was a librarian and an author who wrote two award-winning children’s picture books with Blair Lent: Tikki Tikki Tembo, which won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and was an ALA Notable Book as well as a New York Times pick for best children’s book, and The Funny Little Woman, which won the Caldecott Medal and a 1974 Hans Christian Andersen International Children’s Book Award.

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Funny Little Woman 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
ambourg7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about a little woman and her dumplings. She has to overcome obstacles but eventually does and becomes the richest woman in Japan. This is a great story to have elementary students do readers theatre to.
ashleywoody on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:There is a little woman who liked to make dumplings out of rice. One day, she lost one of her dumplings in a crack and she chased after it. As she chased after it, people warned her that it was rolling towards the oni, or the evil monsters. She was not afraid. She got her dumpling away from the oni, and was able to make it back home despite the oni¿s attempts to capture and cook her. After that she was the fastest dumpling maker in Japan. Personal Reaction:I thought the story was good, and very multicultural for reading it to children. But, for this to be a Caldecott winner, I was not that impressed with the pictures. They were very good and authentic to the culture, but I thought they were slightly dull and boring and needed a little more color. Extension Ideas:1) Have the class discuss the culture of Japan and have them talk about points in the book that is different than American culture. Also make dumplings out of rice and bring it to the class for them to try, or make the dumplings in the class together. 2) Have the class draw their own oni to present and hang on a wall in the classroom.
dennislankau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is appropriate for K-2nd grade students. This is a Japanese folktale about a little woman who liked to laugh and make dumplings. One day she chased a runaway dumpling into a hole where she was taken to the land of "Oni's" (devil) to make them dumplings. She eventually finds her way home and opens a dumpling shop. This is a funny story that children would be able to laugh along with.* Good for teaching folktales* Similar to other culture folktales
HotWolfie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute picture book about a "funny little woman" who chases a lost rice dumpling down a crack in the ground and enters a world full of "Wicked Onis." She uses her wit and sense of humor (she's always laughing) to escape and live a happy life. The story was entertaining for kids (not too scary with the Wicked Onis), the illustrations were attention holding, and the story overall had a nice message.
whitneyfarmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY:A little Japanese woman loses her dumpling, and goes on a journey to find it. Along the way she meets the wicked oni! The wicked oni captures her, and makes her cook dumplings with a magic spoon. One day she finally escapes, and lives happily ever after. PERSONAL REACTION:Although this book is also a caldecott medal winner, I did not like the pictures. However, I did appreciate the story. The little woman has a distinct laugh that I found humorous, and I loved that she showed absolutely no fear throughout her entire journey. CLASSROOM EXTENSION:The oni is portrayed as a monster, I think it would be a great art's and craft's lesson during October for Halloween. The children could make monster masks with paper sacks, yarn, markers ect. It could also contribute to a lesson over different cultures, or travel. Maybe a back to school from summer vacation story. Therefore, all of the children can discuss where they went or where they would like to go for their summer vacation.
isaacfellows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love it! The underground world really sparks the imagination, and the demons are equally fun and spooky, a winning combination. Great book here for Halloween storytimes.
LauraWade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The funny little woman is written by Arlene Mosel. This book is about an old woman who lives in Japan and makes rice dumplings and how one day one of the dumplings escapes her. This is a cute story about an old woman who cooks dumplings all day. This is a cute adventure story.I would like to read this to my students because I think they would like the pictures in the book and how the old lady laughs alot. I could have them draw me a picture of a monster.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A retelling of a Japanese folktale about a woman who chases after a dumpling into a strange underworld where she has to cook for Oni or monsters. The illustrations combined with the way the story is told would make this a wonderful book to introduce a child to Japanese culture. One of the most interesting things about this book is how the illustrations follow how time passes as she's underground so that it can be noted how her house in black and white falls apart. This is a book that I would recommend for an early reader since not all of the words are immediately obvious in meaning, but they provide a good chance to broaden a child's views of the world within a good story.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Caldecott winner. This is based off of a Japanese folktale in which a funny little woman was chasing a dumping and ran into the deity of travelers. She's warned that, at the end of the road, there is an oni. The little woman ignores this warning and is taken by the oni and is forced to cook. A magic paddle that the oni gives her allows the little woman to make a whole pot of rice with one grain. When she tries to escape by water, the monster drinks all of the water but laughs and spits it out, allowing the little woman to escape. She then goes back home and uses her magic paddle to make dumplings and becomes very rich.I thought that this was a cute and clever story. The illustrations are done in a Japanese style and help make the story funny.This is a great story to teach children about other cultures and folktales. As a class, I would ask what other types of folktales that they know of. Then, as a class, we could create our own version of a certain folktale.
IEliasson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Funny Little Women is a 'waraibanashi', or a funny story from Japanese folklore retold by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent. While chasing a dumpling, the funny little woman encounters a Ojiz¿-sama, the protective Buddhist deity of travelers, who warns her that the oni, ogre-like monster spirits, live at the end of the road. The little woman ignores Jiz¿¿s advice and is captured by the oni and taken to their stupas to cook rice dumplings. The oni give her a magic paddle which multiples one grain of rice into a full pot of rice. The little woman prepares rice for many months and grows homesick; she escapes from the oni and becomes the richest woman in Japan making rice dumplings with her magic paddle. Mosel¿s illustrations are in the style of Japanese ink paintings, and express the humor of the story through the droll expressions of the characters.
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Patty-n-Lee More than 1 year ago
This is a great story to read to your kids! I've enjoyed this story as a child, and wanted my daughter to have the same good memories of this wonderful tale.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the Funny Little Lady was a very enjoyable children's book. I read it to my son, who is seven and he also enjoyed it very much. With each page he had a question as to where did the dumplin' go, where is she going, ahd what will she find. It is about a lady from Japan who seems to find humor at the silliest things. The colors aren't as vibrant as what I normally like, however, that did not seem to sway the interest of a child. You will want to read this book to find out how the funny little lady escapes from the terrible omi's and what secret she learns while there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Funny Little Woman is an old Japanese tale retold by Arlene Mosel about a little woman who finds herself in an underground world surrounded by the 'evil Oni.' The little woman does escape with the help of a 'magic paddle', but you'll have to read the book to find out how! Mosel,Arlene. The Funny Little Woman. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1972.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you fell into a hole in the ground? Well this funny little woman done just that when she was cooking dumplings and one of them rolled into a hole. She went to go pick up the dumpling when the ground opened up and she when down in the earth. That is where she met these ¿monster,¿ which said, ¿I am going to take her home and have her cook for all of us.¿ The monster gave her a magic paddle that turned one grain of rice in to a whole pot full. Soon the woman missed home though so she escaped and went back home. She had quite a challenge in escaping the oni though. This book was written for five to eight year olds but I believe it is a little more suited for the upper end of that because when I read it to my five-year-old nephew he was a little scared of the oni. The books author, Arlene Mosel, who has written many other books, retold this old Japanese tale, with wonderful pictures that won the Caldecott Award. Mosel, Arlene. The Funny Little Woman. New York: Puffin Books, 1972
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first bought and read this to my youngest son when he was about 5. Have since read it to my grandchildren and have given a copy to their pre-school. It gives a glimpse into another culture while retaining the familiar elements of children's fairy tales. There are monsters, who are outwitted by laughter, both their own and that of the funny little woman (who has the most delightful giggle.) Plus, the heroine is an ordinary, older person who becomes the owner of something magical by overcoming misfortune. Last, but not least, it reads beautifully and has award-winning drawings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when i was my daughters age. I cant believe i actually remembered its title. It was one of my most favorite books when i was her age. Now im so glad i could find it, i know she will love it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very inspirational for children. The funny little woman shows her audience that it is okay to laugh at herself when things don't go her way. This is very important for children. I think children have to grow up to fast now a days, and they need to learn to laugh more and act their age. This story depicts this idea. I would recommend this book for any child no matter what age.