The Funny Little Woman

The Funny Little Woman


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The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent

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: 48
Sales rank: 416,484
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.16(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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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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.