Tanuki's Gift: A Japanese Tale

Tanuki's Gift: A Japanese Tale



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761451013
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2003
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.66(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tim Myers is a writer, songwriter, and storyteller for children and adults. His children's books have earned a Smithsonian Notable Book award and a NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book award, among other honors. Basho and the Fox was a New York Times bestseller. Visit him at TimMyersStorySong.com. Tim lives in Santa Clara, CA.

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Tanuki's Gift: A Japanese Tale 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dylantanner on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A lonely priest takes in a Tanuki every winter for years. When the Tanuki asks to do something in return the priest asks for gold to pay his way after death (prayers). The tanuki leaves and does not come back for some time and the sad priest realizes the gift was the companionship the Tanuki offered.Children's FolkloreI've always had a soft spot for raccoons and in recent years Tanukis, so this story is right up my ally. It's cute and unflinching in showing how even great hearted people can miss what's right in front of them.The illustrations in this are a little too stylized for some younger readers, but the smooth prose makes up for kids that can follow story closely. A great Asian addition to a folktales unit.
iclairei on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Tanuki's Gift is a retelling of a traditional Japanese tale. It has a great preface recognizing and relating the history of the story. In the tale an old priest welcomes a Raccoon dog, or Tanuki into his home during the cold Winter. The Tanuki repays his kindness by bringing the priest gold coins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Years ago when I was teaching, I found a copy of this folktale in the trash after teaching a unit on storytelling. I fell in love with the story and only found its actual source after a great deal of research. Before that, though, it had 'bothered' me to the point where I wanted to re-tell it and did so. The story is a simple one about goodness and the true meaning of friendship--which has a lot to do with learning that a fitting gift is one your friend wants, not one you want for him. Tanukis are small, furry Japanese mammals, something like raccoons or badgers, known for their magical abilities. But in this case the only magic involved is the power of sympathy, compassion, and love. (I shouldn't say 'the ONLY magic,' actually, since I think Robert Roth's illustrations are utterly enchanting!). And I tried to put some deeper levels in the story too, for those adults who--like me--often find much that's profound in good writing for children. I hope you like it! Sincerely, Tim Myers