Japanese Folktales Children’s Book Review

Japanese Folktales For Children

Japanese Folktales for Children

  • Author/Illustrator: Ty Hulse
  • Reading level: ? Upper elementary grades
  • Paperback: 37 pages
  • Publisher: Zeluna.net (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781475011753
  • SRP: $16.95

I awoke this morning at the crack of dawn. ?Too early to get up, too late to put on the TV, I opted to read hoping it would relax me enough to again fall to sleep. ?I decided not to start the novel I just ordered because once I start turning pages, I can’t put a good mystery ?down. ?I chose instead Japanese Folktales for Children for its eight fairytales. ?Included are:

  • The Laughing Dumpling
  • The Old Man and Woman
  • The Badger and the Snail
  • The Yokai
  • The Mountain Kami and the Ugly Fish
  • The Fox, the Puppy and the Rat
  • The Two Frogs
  • The Witch of the Mountain

The paperback read was so quick that when I turned the last page I wished the book had been longer. ?In their original language and telling, such stories were dark and brutal fairy stories meant for adults. ?Now they serve to entertain and pass on supernatural and unaccountable cultural ideas to children. ?Common story elements include poverty, perceptions, oppression, magic, nature, and animals. ?Common themes involve laughter, selflessness, trickery, unhappiness, appearances, and gratitude.

I plan to read this book to my granddaughter . ?Its imaginative tellings and ?accompanying artful illustrations fit one another perfectly. ?The ?original earth tone pencil drawings show beauty, simplicity, and quality.

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