This book is a retelling of the traditional Japanese tale about a poor sail maker who gains a beautiful but mysterious wife skilled at weaving magical sails.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
ODDS BODKIN is an acclaimed storyteller, composer, and teacher of the art of storytelling. He lives in New Hampshire.
GENNADY SPIRIN has illustrated numerous books, which have been published in both his native Europe and the United States. He lives in New Jersey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This fairy tale is an interesting one that has a few themes. The basic story is that a very poor man helps a crane, she returns in the form of a beautiful woman and they are married (or at least live together). The wife tells her husband that she'll make him a load of money as long as he won't watch her do it, and she does by making him a magic sail. Naturally he gets her to make him two more and later peeks- when he peaks he finds out his wife is the crane and she flies away.So for themes- we have a shape changing woman theme- this will usually come in the form of the animal shape being a removeable skin, but here it is not because it's eclipsed by a larger theme. The big theme here is the "trust me by not looking" theme. She tells him not to look and he does- they always do. You will recognize this theme in the story of Bluebeard and his wives and also in the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice- when you look all is lost. We've also got our basic "don't be greedy" moral.
This lovely traditional story is retold and beautifully illustrated.