"A lively adaptation of a Japanese folktale.... The well-paced, carefully plotted text has a sprightly partner in its stylized, gently colored illustrations." - School Library Journal
"A sweetly illustrated retelling" - The New York Times
Sachiko and Kenji just want to welcome the new year in the proper way, but their mother tells them they don't have the money for a New Year's feast.
An act of generosity brings help from an unexpected source in this heartwarming Japanese classic.
May the Seven Gods of Luck visit you!
Fifteenth Anniversary Edition with new notes by author David Kudler
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My five year old loves the story--the characters of the gods especially. I like the pictures--street life in japan.
Present a Japanese New Year's custom to elementary age student's! This is a fun tale of a brother and sister who when faced without the expected celebration, decided to do put forth effort to make it better. When all seemed hopeless, events took an unexpected turn. There is a few valuable lessons that are presented on unselfishness, service and perseverance. The illustrations were nicely done by Linda Finch. The are slightly dull and simple but depicts the story well. They definitely give the audience a flair of the Orient. The story was written simply, presenting the main points clearly. After the story is told, the author ads some follow-up information which can be used for further enlightenment and discussion. This is short and perfect for children's story time. It can be purchased in a large paperback, enabling a group to easily see the pictures. It is book worthy of recommendation. My review of this book gives it a Four Stars rating. This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given.