Children's Books on Japan

Kindergarten through 8th grade

Book list compiled by Japan Society
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION “Literature on Japan for Elementary and Middle School Students,” by Elaine Vukov and Kazuko Minamoto. Excerpt, Education About Asia, spring, 2000. Reprinted with permission of the Association for Asian Studies. (pp. 4-6) * = HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOLK TALES AND LEGENDS The Bee and the Dream: A Japanese Tale The Boy of the Three-Year Nap* The Crane Wife The Funny Little Women* The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars The Greatest of All I Once Was a Monkey-Stories Buddha Told Japanese Children's Favorite Stories Japanese Fairy Tales Japanese Fairy Tales; Volume 1 and 2 Japanese Tales and Legends Kintaro's Adventures and Other Japanese Children's Stories Kwaidan-Stories and Studies of Strange Things Lily and the Wooden Bowl The Loyal Cat The Magic Peach: A Story from Japan Mysterious Tales of Japan One Hand Clapping: Zen Stories for All Ages The Paper Crane* Peach Boy and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories The Samurai's Daughter A Song of Stars Tsubu the Little Snail Under the Cherry Blossom Tree* JUVENILE LITERATURE The Big Wave Bon Odori Dancer A Carp for Kimiko Chibi - A True Story from Japan* Colors of Japan Count Your Way Through Japan Crow Boy* Dorobo The Dangerous The Drums of Noto Hanto* Faithful Elephants - A True Story of Animals, People and War* The Fox Maiden Girl From The Snow Country Grandpa's Town* If I Lived in Japan Japanese Boy's Festival Jiro's Pearl Katie and the Dream-Eater Lulie the Iceberg The Magic Fan The Master Puppeteer Noguchi the Samurai Of Nightingales That Weep* One Bird The Sea Maidens of Japan Village of Vampire Cat

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JAPANESE AMERICAN ENCOUNTERS Baseball Saved Us* The Bicycle Man The Bracelet* Chopsticks From America* Grandfather's Journey* How My Parents Learned to Eat Obon So Far From the Sea Tea with Milk* Thanksgiving at Obaachan's Tree of Cranes* Two Mrs.Gibsons Yoko Yoshiko and the Foreigner WORLD WAR II-RELATED STORIES The Angry Jizo Hiroshima No Pika* The Lunch Box On the Wings of Peace Puppe's Story Sadako and the Thousand Cranes Shin's Tricycle POETRY/HAIKU Cool Melons - Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa* Grass Sandals" The Travel of Basho Haiku Picturebook For Children* The Magic Pocket KAMISHIBAI* Traditional Japanese picture storytelling that uses large color pictures to accompany a narration. All of the kamishibai sets are highly recommended.* Introduction “Kamishibai, Japanese Storytelling,” 3

by Elaine Vukov. Excerpt, Education About Asia, spring, 1997. Reprinted with permission from the Association for Asian Studies. (pp. 334) The Bamboo Princess* Hats for Jizos* How The Witch Was Eaten Up* How The Years Were Named* Kon and Pon* The Magic of Rice Paddle* The One-Inch Boy* The Peach Boy* The Story of Tanabata The Tongue-Cut Sparrow* Urashima Taro* JAPANESE SONGS FOR CHILDREN Best-Loved Children's Songs From Japan Let's Sing-Japanese Songs for Kids

and have a tremendous impact on the way students view an unknown country. Educators must rely on the expertise of the illustrators in these situations. Examine all of the biographical information about the author. since manga has influenced and shaped the contemporary Japanese art form. through catalogues and over the Internet. There may be erroneous visual details or a mixing of historical periods. is a note or glossary provided? Review the biographical information for the illustrator as closely as that of the author. There is often confusion between Chinese and Japanese clothing. This trend can be regarded as an authentic product of Japanese culture. architecture. it does not necessarily mean that their story has anything to do with Japan or Japanese culture. elementary and middle school educators are generalists--faced with the daunting task of selecting materials for a multitude of world cultures about which they may have little specialized knowledge.or third-generation Japanese American may be seeing Japan from the same vantage point as other non-Japanese speakers. do they have long-term experience living in Japan? Has an author written many books about Japan? Do they have any formal training in Japanese culture or language? Did they spend time studying in Japan as a student or in their professional career? A Japanese name does not always ensure that the writer knows about Japan. there are also others with cliched. If the author is a Japanese native. In fact. for though there are many good books on the market. This article offers some guidance for those educators who want to acquire new materials on Japan for elementary and middle school students. and should not be underestimated. One of the most common problems is illustrations with exaggerated "Asiantype" facial features that are not Japanese. Comic-like illustrations are common among some Japanese illustrators who grew up with comic books or manga. misleading or incorrect information. home interiors and other physical features.Literature on Japan for Elementary and Middle School Students Many excellent books on Japan have been published during the past decade. and may not. Now. how can they judge whether a book and its illustrations are realistic or accurate? Here are some practical guidelines for approaching the process of selecting good materials without having a total command of Japan’s history and culture. Their charge is to find material of high visual and literary quality that is also historically and culturally accurate. A second. there are so many interesting and useful resources available that a teacher or librarian acquiring items for a school with a limited budget might well wonder where to begin. and the publication date and/or copyright notice--all elements already familiar to educators. What can a teacher do to ensure that he or she is not using outdated or flawed information about Japan? If they are not Japan experts. If the authors are not Japanese. 4 . These signposts include the backgrounds of both the author and the illustrator. portray the features of any Asian at all. in fact. The illustrations in children's literature are as important as the story. By profession. consider how these signpoints can be applied exclusively to the selection of Japanese materials. Signposts to the integrity of a work Some factors are not directly related to the content of the material but are very helpful as signposts to its quality. It is virtually impossible for one person to have the expertise to pass judgement on the flood of materials coming to their attention at book fairs. If there are terms or phrases in Japanese in a story. the nature and history of the publishing company or catalogue offering the material for sale. hairstyle.

Cultural themes found in literature on Japan The literature of every culture has major themes that are particular to it and set forth its fundamental characteristics. Let's examine folk tales as a major literary form familiar to most teachers and children. The publishing company and copyright date of the materials also offer an indication of the quality of the work. The majority of stories used in kamishibai are selected from folk tales that have been told and read throughout many generations in Japan. Stories created as new "folk tales" may actually have little Japanese content but are packaged in such a way as to make them appear to be part of a famous folk tale canon.It is difficult to steer one's way through all of the pitfalls of purchasing cultural materials. The predominate social and historical themes reflected in literature on Japan written for students include folk tales. The adaptation may cleanse the tale of cultural references or even change the meaning of the original story. This is a good alternative for telling stories to groups of younger children. Some publishers recycle out-of-print materials with a new copyright date. This diversity is a hallmark of the orally transmission of such literature. and are often beautifully illustrated. These tales can be found in compilations of famous Japanese folk tales. such as “Momo Taro” (“The Peach Boy”) and “Kaguyahime” (“The Bamboo Princess”). offer an attractive starting point. a story-telling feature common in the tradition of many European tales. and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. stories about life in Japan. Like most folk tales from around the world. These sets can look very attractive on the shelf. Adapted folk tales may be older stories specially re-created to appeal to readers outside of Japan. In addition to conventional picture books. but might be assemblages of other outdated materials with little or no first-hand research. Original folk tales. available in both Japanese and English. Japanese folk tales may be a child's introduction to Japanese culture and a key to further explorations into Japanese literature. Folk tales allow students to immerse themselves directly in the world of Japanese legends without viewing Japan as a distant country. a traditional form of Japanese storytelling that uses large color picture-boards with accompanying narration. the publishing company or the copyright date may not be noted. there will be variations in content. In such sets there may be no biographical data on the author--a warning sign in and of itself to stay away. Such authors may not have any background in Asia at all. order the materials only if they are returnable and examine them carefully after delivery. widely known by children in Japan. Is the publisher known for works on Asia and Japan? If the work is listed in an educational clearinghouse. Authentic Japanese folk tales often express particular emotions or moods rather than communicating a moral. but they also lose the very essence that is Japanese. One thing to be wary of are sets of books offered by publishing companies that purport to cover several Asian cultures but are all written by the same author or a group of children's literature professionals. Japanese folk tales may be found in more than one version. Teachers may wonder why books about such awful events are available for young readers and worry whether the 5 . poetry. Such stories may be intriguing and entertaining. Another well-defined genre in Japanese literature is the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. biography. Caution should also be taken with "Japanese folk tales" that are "adapted" or new. Depending on where the story has been told and by whom. In these cases. there is kamishibai.

There are other genres not fully considered here. The stories focus on the tragedy of war and the severity of the atomic bombs as seen through the eyes of young narrator-victims.S. The literature on Japan available for young readers has grown immensely in recent years and promises to continue expanding. Reprinted with permission of the Association for Asian Studies. With foresight and careful examination. biography and recently written stories about contemporary life in Japan.000 Japanese Americans were forced to live during World War II. spring. Stories narrated from the viewpoint of children who were in the camps are readily available and. it can also be seen as part of the cultural heritage of the United States.S. who are searching for identities that are intertwined but radically different from their parents. educators can bring the best of this literature to students. 2000.subject is appropriate for their age group. Another genre that has recently become an important theme in children's literature deals with the internment camps where more than 100. They also enable young readers to see how children on the other side of a conflict view the same events. 6 .S. These themes come to mind most readily: Japanese immigrants and their descendants' coming to terms with life in the United States. and how the life of an individual is shaped by historical events. can easily relate to the experiences of the Japanese characters. the experience of Japanese Americans in the internment camps during World War II. Japan in American History In addition to considering Japan as a separate and foreign culture. and the cultural and political relations between the U. But materials are abundant and many of them are carefully written and formatted for young readers. The books can be applied in social studies classrooms as a supplement to reinforce awareness and understanding of war. by Elaine Vukov and Kazuko Minamoto. Excerpt. Education About Asia. to which the same guidelines can be applied. such as poetry. for the most part. But books about Japanese Americans are not limited to a comparison between the two countries. These can be particularly effective in social studies class after a careful examination of American history. and Japan over the past 150 years. very well written. Readers whose families immigrated to the U. They promote critical thinking of how countries are interrelated. Although these stories rarely address the political and military realities from a historical point of view. Stories that appeal to young readers often deal with Japanese American youngsters born in the U. they are successful in appealing to children emotionally--indirectly but earnestly calling for peace and denouncing war.

Retold by Dianne Snyder. New York: Harcourt Brace (Gulliver Books).1. the protagonist embarks on a journey to find the treasure and encounters difficulties along the way. The Crane Wife.1. New York: Dutton Children's Books. are quite contemporary. illustrated by Gennady Spirin. dreams. he tricks the wealthiest merchant in town into letting him marry his daughter. The Boy of the Three-Year Nap*. Osamu and Yukiko. 32 pages. hardcover $15. 1988. After becoming the “owner” of the dream. hardcover $16. The common theme. hardcover $15.95. 1998. 32 pages. illustrated by Kaoru Ono. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. The illustrations are quite beautiful but unfortunately contain inaccuracies. she turns back into a crane and flies away. Type of work: folktale Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8. Retold by Odds Bodkin. When he discovers that his wife is really a crane he once saved.L943 Summary: An adapted version of a Japanese folktale about a young man who pays for his friend's dream about a buried treasure.1. Comments: This well-known folktale teaches about obligation and trust. and the scenes of everyday life in the Edo Period (1600-1868) are portrayed with vivid colors. Comments: The illustrations of the characters are amusing. In order to make some money without working. Retold by Jan Freeman Long.00. illustrated by Allen Say.B58835Cr Summary: A retelling of a folktale about a poor sail maker who marries a beautiful and mysterious stranger with magical weaving abilities. 32 pages. a boy so lazy that he could nap for three years if no one awakened him. Type of work: folktale Grade level: 1-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8. 7 . this adapted folk tale is about Taro.S66Bo Summary: Set in old Japan. such as the beautiful woman wearing shoes in the house and the poor sail maker living in a large home. leads to interesting classroom discussions. *Highly recommended. Comments: Various versions of this folktale exist in different parts of Japan. not usually used in folk tales. 1996.99.FOLKTALES AND LEGENDS The Bee and the Dream: A Japanese Tale. Less obvious to non-Japanese readers is that the names. Type of work: folktale Grade level: K-4 Library of Congress #: PZ8.

The unfinished ending allows the reader to continue the story and imagine what happens to Izumi. The Greatest of All. Father Mouse finally discovers the best match for his daughter.95.99.1. 1972. Comments: The author adapted the folk tale retold by Lafcadio Hearn. Hard cover: $4.99. 8 . the cloud. the wall. hoping to find the perfect match. hardcover $5.1.The Funny Little Woman*. the emperor should be called "Osama." The name of the folktale is usually translated as The Mouse’s Wedding. Retold by Arlene Mosel. illustrated by Blair Lent. not violence. Hardcover $16. refuses to compromise her independence by giving in to the expectations of behavior for a court woman in 12th century Japan. a free-spirited daughter of a highly respected provincial inspector. In the story. asks Father Mouse for his permission to marry a mere field mouse. illustrated by Giora Carmi. Not recommended. The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-6 Library of Congress #: PZ7.K567Gr Summary: Chuko." *Highly recommended. Retold by Eric A. Ko Nezumi. not Japanese but a mixture of “exotic Oriental” and Beatrix Potter. 32 pages. the wind. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8. 32 pages Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-2 Library of Congress #: PZ8. 32 pages. illustrated by Floyd Cooper. After visiting the sun.M5357Gi Summary: Izumi. a pretty girl mouse. 1991. Kimmel. Adapted by Jean Merrill. Her search leads to her capture by demons (oni) who force her to make dumplings for them using a magic paddle. But her ability to make the demons laugh enables her escape.M8346Fu Summary: An adapted version of a Japanese folk tale about the funny little woman who falls into a hole while chasing a dumpling.95. New York: Philomel Books. she loves caterpillars and prefers the company of boys who collect insects for her." not "Osama san. 1992. New York: Holiday House. Rather than keeping up with fashion. It is important for educators using this book to address the differences between 12th century Japan and contemporary Japan. can be used to triumph over the "bad guys. Comments: Houses and clothing are quite fanciful. adventurous story teaches young readers that laughter. Comments: This book could be used most effectively to teach children self-respect rather than Japanese culture. paperback $5. This funny. Father Mouse disapproves of the marriage and sets off on a journey. and the Emperor. New York: Puffin Books.

Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 3-6 Library of Congress #:PZ8. and The Grateful Statues. Straus and Giroux. Young readers may find this book a good introduction to the basic Buddhist philosophy. A statue of Buddha tells them six stories called Jakatas. hardcover $16.” and there are few illustrations in this small. 90 pages. New York: Dover Publications. illustrated by Yoshisuke Kurosaki. but may be used in a variety of ways to teach about Buddhism.00. The Ogre of Rashomon. Japanese Children's Favorite Stories. Edited by Philip Smith. This collection was originally put together in 1903 for a British audience. 1992. or “birth stories.I Once Was a Monkey – Stories Buddha Told. New York: Farrar. caught in a storm. The Story of Urashima Taro. the Fisher Lad. Comments: “Folktales” would be a more accurate term than “fairy tales” to use in describing these stories. something not usually included in the Japanese original.00. This is a classic.95 Type of work: folktale Grade level: 2-4 Library of Congress #: PZ5. such as compassion. The Magic Teakettle. Type of work: Folk tales Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8. Lee. 1999. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow.S186 Summary: A collection of well-loved Japanese folktales. Japanese Fairy Tales. Not recommended. inexpensive collection of tales that follow the original Japanese versions fairly closely. The selection includes 20 famous stories such as Peach Boy. tolerance. although Sakade usually closes each translation with an explanation of the tale’s meaning. runs into other animals hiding in a cave. This book is not Japan-specific. Edited by Florence Sakade. including Momotaro. 9 . Retold and illustrated by Jeanne M.J2625 Summary: A compilation of Japanese five famous folk tales and stories. The Story of Princess Hase. inexpensive edition of classic tales. Paperback $1. Rutland: Charles E. Comments: Some of the essential teachings of Buddha are presented effectively in the form of animal stories. Comments: The animals and imaginary figures featured as characters stir young readers' imaginations. 1958. illustrated by Kakuzo Fujiyama. Hardcover $16. Tuttle Company. honesty and endurance.JL Summary: A young monkey.” that illustrate Buddha's teachings. The translations are stilted and “Europeanized.

” “How to Fool a Cat. is also featured in the first half. 2: “The Straw Millionaire.” “Tail Fishing. achieving happiness. Stories in Vol. and the price to be paid for cruelty and greed in a light-hearted. Kintaro's Adventures and Other Japanese Children's Stories.95. illustrated by Yoshio Hayashi.” “The Monkey’s Statue.95.” “Mouse Wrestling. inexpensive collections for very young children. the oldest extant chronicle in Japan dating from the early 8th century.” “The Contest.M12 Summary: The first half of this collection contains stories and folk tales from Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters).95. Comments: This volume is an excellent collection of folktales. which is briefly explained at the end of the book.” “The Princess and The Herdboy.” “Saburo . 212 pages Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 6-8 Library of Congress #: PZ8.Japanese Fairy Tales. translated by Dianne Ooka Illustrated by Yoko Imoto. CA: Heian International. Hardcover: each volume $12. Edited by Florence Sakade. quintessentially Japanese way. illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe New York: Oxford University Press. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 2-4 Library of Congress #: PZ5.1. Some stories introduce readers to Japan's creation myths. The stories are well-told with very appealing and adorable illustrations. 1958 Paperback: $12. These tales seek to teach children about living a good life.” Stories in Vol.” and “Kintaro’s Adventures.” “The Crane’s Gift. Japanese Tales and Legends Retold by Helen & William McAlpine.” “Kitty’s New Vest.” “The Bouncing Rice Ball. Tuttle Company. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: Pre-K – 2nd grade Not Available in Library of Congress Summary: These two excellent collections contain some of Japan’s most cherished tales.” 10 .” “Kintaro. Retold by Keisuke Nishimoto. Torrance.” “The Singing Turtle.The Eel Catcher. 1999.S187 Summary: A collection of six famous folk tales: “The Rolling Rice-Cakes. The folktales selected are typical and widely read by young children in Japan. 1: “The Old Man who made the Flowers Bloom.” Comments: These are good. Students may need historical background of Tale of Heike. The second half of the book contains seven famous folk tales. Tale of Heike. 1958 Paperback $9. and these can be compared to mythologies found in other countries/regions. Volume 1 and 2. history and mythology for the young reader. including The Peach Boy (Momotaro) and The Young Urashima (Urashima Taro). an epic that chronicles the fall of the warrior Taira family in the 12th century.” “Little One-Inch Boy. 32 pages. Rutland: Charles E. 60 pages.

Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8. Comments: Each story is about five to ten pages long and easy to read.95. The cat soon learns that his friend prefers a simple life. and beliefs of Japanese society in the past. She overcomes harsh trials to find true love and happiness. Beautiful illustrations. Tokyo. Tuttle Company. Many of the stories are about women and children. 1971 Paperback $ 11. Most of the illustrations in this inexpensive edition are black-and-white with one color illustration per story. Retold by Lensey Namioka.” and other famous stories. 1964." The cat of a poor but gentle priest uses his magical power to try to help his master become rich and famous. Comments: Beautiful paper-cut illustrations on every page allow the reader to see how a Japanese temple and priest may have appeared 400 years ago. Janus Films.Comments: These are popular children’s stories with illustrations rendered in a traditional Japanese style. 240 pages (no illustrations). illustrated by Yoriko Ito. New York: Delacorte Press. Adapted by Alan Schroeder. Kwaidan . 1995. Related works: Several of the stories are beautifully presented in the film (available of video) Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi. Hardcover $15. In addition to these are three of Hearn’s essays about insects. Comments: Reminds one of a story of "Cinderella" in which true beauty comes to light because of the trust and love of a steadfast prince.50. The Loyal Cat. Hardcover $14. who lived in Japan in the early 1900s. Retold by Lafcadio Hearn. It features “Hoichi the Earless.N123Lo Summary: A story about a small Buddhist temple in northern Japan called "Cat Temple.S3125Li Summary: A Japanese tale about a young woman's journey to find true love by hiding her beautiful face.” or ghost stories. illustrated by Aki Sogabe. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Lily and the Wooden Bowl. 32 pages. 11 . from Japan. San Diego: Browndeer Press. all of which continue to influence contemporary Japanese society. and they illuminate the cultural values. Japan: Charles E.” “The Woman of the Snow. practices. collected and retold by Lafcadio Hearn. See other works by Hearn. 1994. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 6-8 Library of Congress #: PS1917.Stories and Studies of Strange Things.00. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 3-6 Library of Congress #: PZ8.K8 Summary: This work is a collection of seventeen well-known “kwaidan.

99. illustrated by Makiko Nagano. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 4-6 Library of Congress #: PZ8. 1985. 1996. illustrated by Tatsuro Kikuchi. Retold by Rafe Martin. Retold by Rafe Martin and Manuela Soares. 1996. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-2 Library of Congress #: PZ8. 74 pages. Mysterious Tales of Japan. Paperback $4. The boy. Several stories are based on folktales collected and retold by Lafcadio Hearn. Comments: A beautifully illustrated traditional Japanese tale in a modern setting.B2217 Pap Summary: An old man repays a generous restaurant owner for the gift of a free meal by giving him a magical paper crane. colorful illustrations. New York: Greenwillow Books. Comments: Each tale draws readers into an eerie. more and more people come to the restaurant and business thrives.00. $16.6. Troll Communications.95. ghostly world that is influenced by Shinto and Buddhist views of life. and also a lovely 12 . 32 pages. one black-and-white drawing. The author's notes at the end of the book provide readers with the principal sources of his inspiration. Adapted and illustrated by Molly Bang. He befriends several animals along the way who join him in battling the ogres. 32 pages. New York: G.1 Summary: A very famous old Japanese story about a boy born from a peach. The Paper Crane.The Magic Peach: A Story from Japan. Hardcover. Comments: Written and formatted for young readers with amusing. One Hand Clapping: Zen Stories for All Ages. The colorful illustrations add flavor to the book. Each tale is presented with a haiku in the beginning. Putnam’s Sons. Hardcover $19. Excellent as discussion material. When the crane comes alive and dances.P. 1995 hardcover $?. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Momotaro. and one color illustration. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 3-6 and up Library of Congress #: BQ9265. New York: Rizzoli International Publications.M37 Summary: A collection of thought-provoking short stories selected from Zen Buddhist teachings. Retold by Janet Palazzo-Craig. illustrated by Junko Morimoto. grows up very quickly and sets out on a journey to fight evil ogres. Comments: The tales are rewritten in simple and enjoyable ways that allow children to appreciate and learn about Zen Buddhist principles.M985 Summary: Ten Japanese folktales characterized by the mysterious spiritual powers of the leading characters.

Edited by Florence Sakade. 32 pages. illustrated by Stephen T.” “The Rabbit in the Moon. and also to the significance of cranes in Japanese culture. Hardcover $14. This is an excellent introduction to origami. Paperback $9. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. The Samurai's Daughter. The angry Emperor of the heavens punishes them by sending the couple to the opposite sides of the Milky Way and allows them to reunite only once a year. Festival of the Milky Way (thus the names of the characters are Chinese). Hardcover $15. illustrated by Ju-Hong Chen. Rutland: Charles E.” “The Long-Nosed Goblins. Inc.” “The Sticky-Sticky Pine. Tuttle Company. Retold by Robert D. known as Chi Hsi. Set in medieval Japan during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). Most of the illustrations in this inexpensive edition are black-and-white with one color illustration per story. the Star Festival. a weaver.story about paying back a good deed in a wondrous way. Highly recommended. Retold by Tom Birdseye. indulge themselves in love but neglect their work.S227 Summary: A folk tale about a brave daughter of a samurai warrior and her journey to be reunited with her exiled father on one of the Oki Islands in the Inland Sea of Japan. and Newlang. Comments: A thrilling tale.95. or paper-folding. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 2-4 Library of Congress #: PZ5. 1958. New York: Holiday House.” “The Tongue-Cut Sparrow. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8.” “The Toothpick Warriors. Comments: This Chinese folk tale. illustrated by Yoshisuke Kurosaki.1. Johnson.B534So Summary: Chauchau. 32 pages.” “Silly Saburo.” Comments: Popular children’s stories with illustrations rendered in a traditional Japanese style. The introduction tells the readers that this is an ancient tale but the Japanese source is not given. The illustrations beautifully capture the romantic mood of the story. Peach Boy and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories.S188 Summary: A collection of nine famous folk tales: “Peach Boy.” “MonkeyDance and Sparrow-Dance. is well-known and celebrated in Japan as Tanabata. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 4-6 Library of Congress #: PZ8.1. 1990. It is unique because the young female protagonist has the physical strength and courage usually attributed to the boy of a warrior's family.95.. a herdsman. A Song of Stars. See the author’s note at the end of the book for an explanation of how Tanabata is celebrated in China and Japan. 13 .99. San Souci.” “The Magic Teakettle. 1992. the seventh of July. 58 pages.

32 pages. Hardcover $15. Excellent as a comparison with western stories of the same theme.1. recommended for young readers. rice paddies and landscape. A young woman marries the snail. 1995. but the true test of love awaits her when they go to the temple together. the snail grows into an intelligent boy who helps his aging father with farm work. Retold by Carol Ann Williams. Receiving love and care from his parents. may be confusing to readers. when all the people in the village are enjoying the abundant cherry blossoms. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8. This incident causes him a great deal of trouble. Hardcover $13. such as the system of the yearly rice tax. Comments: Very realistic illustrations of farmers' clothing. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. a wicked landlord accidentally swallows a cherry pit that begins to grow into a tree from the top of his head. Comments: Very funny.00. Related works: All of Say’s works are highly recommended. but the poor villagers are led into a happy and wondrous world because of it. Under the Cherry Blossom Tree. Aspects of the story. Retold and illustrated by Allen Say. Illustrations are very vivid and lively. illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi. including The Bicycle Man and Grandfather’s Journey. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.S27 Summary: One day in spring. 32 pages. The interior of the house depicted in the book teaches readers about the simple lifestyle of Japanese villagers in the early 20th century. so teacher guidance is necessary. 1974.95. 14 .W649 Summary: A poor farmer and his wife pray for a baby but instead are given a baby snail.1. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 3-6 Library of Congress #: PZ8.Tsubu the Little Snail.

50. there are too many inconsistencies for it to be recommended for use in today’s classroom. nor are the costumes or dance steps accurate. Kroll. As he struggles to overcome his sorrow. Written by Karen Kuwamoto McCoy. illustrated by Katherine Roundtree. other girls start helping Keiko and then all of them perform well at the festival. Kimiko cannot have a carp decoration.K9227 Summary: Carp-shaped kites are flown outside of a house with male children in the family on Children’s Day in Japan. 32 pages. 1999. $14. Written by Virginia L.B879 Summary: A giant wave from the ocean swallows Jiya’s village. Not recommended. but she wants to 15 .M47841447Bo Summary: Clumsy Keiko has a hard time practicing the traditional bon-dance for the upcoming festival. Buck. Written by Pearl S. 1993. it contains inaccurate and confusing cultural information about Japan. It seems to contain a mixture of Christian ideas. Comments: Although this story teaches young people about the importance of patience and teamwork. he learns to be brave and finds a way to accept what nature brings while appreciating life. The history of the o-bon festival as a means of honoring one’s ancestors is not explained. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 3-7 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Hardcover $14. A Carp for Kimiko. Chicago: Polychrome Publishing Corporation. Bon Odori Dancer. Comments: Although this is a very touching story by the famous novelist Pearl S. New York: Harper Trophy. Because she is a girl. 57 pages.Juvenile Literature The Big Wave.95.95. Hardcover. Buck. Not recommended. but with the instructor’s encouragement. 1948. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. illustrated by Carolina Yao. 32 pages. Paperback $4. paperback $6. Watertown: Charlesbridge Publishing. Chinese ethics and Japanese aesthetics. Her classmates are frustrated at first.95. including his entire family and his house.

Fuji should be called Fujisan. "kikashoku-iro. Hardcover. sumo. just as she has included her brother in the all-girl Doll’s Day celebration. Not recommended." is incorrect.* Written by Barbara Brenner and Julia Takaya. Colors of Japan.. 16 .be included. Written by Jim Haskins and illustrated by Martin Skoro. illustrated by June Otani.95. New York: Clarion Books. Kimiko's sympathetic parents find a way to make the day special for her. traditions. Chibi . Not an authentic Japanese story.95. $price. Not recommended. Hardcover $14. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-2 Library of Congress #: DS821. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: QL696. such as ikebana (flower-arranging) or tatami (grass mats used in houses). Comments: This is an interesting idea for introducing readers to Japan. this story follows a mother duck and her ten baby ducklings as they search for a place to settle down.H349 Summary: Each number is used to introduce an aspect of Japanese life and culture. 1987. Unfortunately the text is stilted and the illustrations are not appealing. kimono. 1996. the watercolor illustrations are not very attractive. school. Count Your Way Through Japan. In addition. Written by Holly Littlefield and illustrated by Helen Byers.L57 Summary: Ten colors are used to introduce readers to various aspects of Japan. Comments: The author and illustrator obviously spent a great deal of time and effort on this book. $5. Comments: This story closely resembles "Make Way for Ducklings. daily life. 24 pages. Hardcover. etc. etc. the Japanese word for the color. but it is not entirely successful. The Japanese word for each number is given along with a brief explanation about chopsticks. Japanese terms.. 63 pages. and Mt. Inc.A True Story from Japan. 1997. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books. The watercolor illustrations are very charming. Type of work: Juvenile Literature Grade level: K-2 Library of Congress #: DS821.A52B735 Summary: Based on actual events set in the center of Tokyo. Highly recommended." which was set in Boston and offers a good comparison. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books. There are other inconsistencies: the term used for tan. are wellexplained in the text. but in some cases the text is not associated with the color at all. and a brief explanation about history. not Fujiyama. population. Double pages for each color include a drawing in that color. 24 pages. This cute duck family immediately captures the heart of many Tokyo residents including an elderly photographer who risks his life to stop traffic for the duck family’s journey.

Y212Cr Summary: Afraid of teachers. Crow Boy*. This is a Japanese story with universal appeal. The Drums of Noto Hanto. the chopsticks presented in this book are Chinese. 1999. and unable to make friends. Chibi spends most of his time alone in school.J15412Dr Summary: A wealthy coastal village on the Noto Hanto (Noto Peninsula) is under threat of invasion by a powerful warlord who wants to claim their riches. There is no glossary to explain what dorobo (thief) and hibachi (brazier) mean. open-minded guidance of a teacher. All of them help him solve his problem for good. Crane gets advice from a wise monkey and help from various things: a hot rock. the people of Noto Hanto still celebrate their ancestors' victory annually. a broken sword. Hardcover $16. Not highly recommended. 1955. New Jersey: Silver Burdett Press. steals Crane's fish from his pond. a slick snail. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. This book is a delightful retelling of how a local Japanese festival came to be. but they use the overwhelming sound of drums and terrifying-looking masks in order to scare away the warlord and his samurai warriors. The dynamic and dramatic illustrations. New York: DK Publishing. a rotten egg and a piece of cherry bark. Dorobo the Dangerous. 36 pages. V452 Do Summary: A sly fox. The most effective way to use this book is to read it out loud to get the sense of the throbbing pulse of the drumbeat. Mr. The villagers have no weapons. 1995. But a friendly new teacher. Comments: This story is based on an incident that happened in 1576. New York: Viking. discovers a remarkable talent of Chibi's and encourages him to share it with his classmates. Highly recommended. 32 pages Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-2 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Not recommended.Comments: Many of the illustrations are inaccurate and do not necessarily portray Japan. illustrated by Tsukushi. Written and illustrated by Taro Yashima. Comments: This heartwarming story beautifully depicts how a shy child learns to use an unusual talent to grow into a confident individual thanks to the kind. Written by J. $10. Written by Marcia Vaughan and illustrated by Kazuko Stone. Hardcover $16. Since then. For example. Alison James. teased by his classmates for being different. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. not Japanese. Hardcover. but these words may be understood by looking at the pictures. Dorobo The Dangerous.95.95.99. 17 . filled with collages. Highly recommended. Comments: Although the illustrations are typical of Japanese tales and the animal characters have significant meaning in Japanese society. this story is not based on a Japanese folk tale or legend. 32 pages. Isobe. perfectly complement the story.

makes bunnies out of snow but she needs something to use for their eyes. 32 pages. The tone of the watercolor illustrations matches the feelings of sadness and hopelessness that accompany this tale. Jizo.M356755 Summary: This original tale is a story about a young fox who uses magic to turn into a human girl. Highly recommended. first published in Japan in 1951. particularly the fox. Comments: It is a heartrending story. who loves the elephants as if they were his own children.Faithful Elephants . 32 pages. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 2-6 Library of Congress #: PZ7. educators may like to introduce students to Japanese folk tales in which the main characters are foxes. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-4 Library of Congress #: PZ10. The elephants' trainer. Hardcover $16.H53164Gi Summary: A little girl. The disguised fox lives among the humans in a village and works as a servant to the richest man in the village. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Young readers learn how war affects the lives of people and animals. Mi-chan finds berries that she uses for their eyes. Comments: A charming story with beautiful illustrations. may need some explanation. The author and illustrator have taken great care in creating this lovely tale. struggles to carry out this cruel mission and is saddened by his inability to save their lives. the fox learns that being true to one's self is the best way to live.00. originally published in Japan. With the help of a friendly deity and a lady at the market.95. Comments: This can lead to discussion about Shinto and the symbolic meanings of some animals in Japan. People and War. who lives in northern Japan. Written and illustrated by Masako Hidaka . In conjunction with this tale. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The Fox Maiden. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. 1984. inspired by Japanese folklore. By the end of the story.A True Story of Animals. 18 . a Buddhist deity thought to be the protector of children. 32 pages.3T87Fai Summary: A true story about three elephants in Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo that had to be killed during World War II because people feared they would escape during the bombings of the city. New York: Kane/Miller Book Publishers. Hardcover $13. 1996. Girl From The Snow Country. Hardcover $14. Mi-chan. Translated by Tomoko Tsuchiya Dykes. This could also be interpreted as a coming-of-age story.95. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi. 1988. For nonJapanese readers.* Written by Yukio Tsuchiya. Written by Elsa Marston.

A2R54 Summary: A story about two brothers celebrating Boy's Day. Hardcover. Paperback $7. Written and illustrated by Takaaki Nomura. Atlanta: Longstreet Press. The young boys learn about the important values of courage and strength. this book supposedly explains what life would be like for a child in Japan. illustrated by John Knorr. Not recommended. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 1-3 Library of Congress #: GT4803.Hardcover.95. Cambridge: Candlewick Press. illustrated by Krystyna Stasiak. Japanese Boys' Festival. Comments: The illustrations are misleading and do not accurately represent Japanese life. It illustrates how boys in Japan celebrate the day with decorative carp streamers and figures of warriors. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 1-3 Library of Congress #: PL685. Written and illustrated by Daniel Powers. If I Lived in Japan. worried that he might be lonely after his wife's death. 1995.N73 Summary: A young Japanese boy visits his grandfather's house. The book uses many Japanese words and common phrases. 1991. New York: Kane/Miller Book Publishers. Jiro’s Pearl. 1994. P865Ji 19 . Comments: An excellent book to introduce life in a small Japanese community in which all the neighbors and shopkeepers know each other.Grandpa's Town. Students may need background on the role of the public bath in Japan. 40 pages. The boy accompanies his grandfather to the public bath where he finds out that his grandfather has many friends in the neighborhood and is not lonely at all. Comments: This book introduces young readers to the significance of Boy’s Day and the traditional and typical ways of celebrating the holiday. it was originally published in Japanese in 1989. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. $15. Paperback $3.99.. K535 Summary: Through a series of unconnected illustrations. Inc. Written by Rosanne Knorr.95. 25 pages. Highly recommended. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 1-3 Library of Congress #: PZ8.95. The book contains both Japanese and English text. 1997. Written by Janet Riehecky. $14. Chicago: Children's Press.

The illustrations are quite beautiful. Describes how the iceberg journeys from the Arctic to the South Pole. He ends up giving the pearl to a beggar. Includes descriptions of birds and animals of the Arctic and Antarctica. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Princess Takamado. who is very committed to environmental issues. but his generosity restores his grandmother's health and brings his family treasures. Written by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado. he finds a fan floating in the sea. An extensive glossary can be used effectively for supplementing geography and environmental studies classes. illustrated by Warabe Aska New York: Kodansha America. 1989. B17427Mag Summary: Yoshi. 1996. Yoshi loses his fan. Comments: Although the story captures the feeling of a typical Japanese tale in some ways. Hardcover $18. $14.95. 28 pages. Hardcover $17. Baku inadvertently stays in Katie's human world rather than in her dreams and Katie has to help him find his way back to the world of dreams. Hardcover. One day.” a description of the fantastic creature's habit in the story. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. 1998. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. he sees a picture of something marvelous to build. Japanese words are not clearly defined.PT3 Summary: A young girl named Katie meets and befriends Baku. a creature that eats bad dreams so that everyone can sleep soundly. Although it is not mentioned in the book the word “baku” may be derived from the Japanese phrase "baku baku taberu” which means. including a giant bridge that arches over his village. Jiro. wants to create something special. The illustrations are beautiful.00. 24 pages. Written and illustrated by Keith Baker.95.Summary: An old woman asks her grandson. but his new task is easy to see—he must rebuild his town. he gets a large pearl from the deep water. The Magic Fan. 41 pages. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company. “to eat ravenously. Written by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado. Whenever he opens the fan. to take the last of their rice to a village to buy her medicine. but was written by a member of the Japanese imperial family. a young man who loves to build things. Princess Takamado. illustrated by Brian Wildsmith. When a tsunami (tidal wave) hits the town. He loses it along the way.PT1 Summary: A story about an iceberg named Lulie. and the story's development is not authentically Japanese. Lulie the Iceberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Comments: The book does not contain content regarding Japanese culture. Katie and the Dream-Eater. Comments: The story does not contain content regarding Japanese culture but was written by a member of the Japanese imperial family. but with the help of a mysterious fish. the characters often look Chinese or Western. Not recommended. 20 .

terrorizes his fellow passengers on a ferry. produced by Shin-ei.Comments: Neither the story's sensibility nor the illustrations of the people and houses are completely Japanese. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. Written by Katherine Paterson. 170 pages. New York: Harper Trophy.95. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 3-6 Library of Congress #: PZ8.95. Nippon: The Land and Its People. One such video: The Tradition of Performing Arts in Japan . Paperback $4. The Master Puppeteer. Takiko yearns to escape to a place and position befitting her birth. 180 pages. When he accidentally drops his pipe into the sea. from the series titled..* Written by Katherine Paterson.The Heart of Kabuki. an old samurai named Michihara steps in to show how one can win a battle without a sword. Not recommended. The book is quite beautiful but the content does not authentically represent Japanese culture. Inc. his fierce attitude intensifies and terrifies the passengers. 32 pages. Toronto: Lester Publishing Limited.50. Both the story and the illustrations are very well done. Takiko has the opportunity to join imperial court life as an attendant. it is an exciting and historically accurate book that introduces young readers to life in the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868) and the world of traditional bunraku puppet theater. Tokyo 1989. Of Nightingales That Weep. 1994.P273 Summary: A thirteen year-old boy describes the poverty and discontent of eighteenth-century Osaka and the world of puppeteers in which he lives. Noguchi the Samurai. Hardcover $16. It seems that elements of several Asian cultures are mixed together. Related works: A film/video clip of traditional bunraku theater would be very helpful for children not familiar with this genre of Japanese theater. illustrated by Haru Wells. When a travelling merchant hears her beautiful koto playing. 1975. This work could be used as the starting point for a more in-depth study of Japan. the author and illustrator have taken great care in creating a delightful story set in Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868). Paperback $4. Then. Comments: Although this book is not an authentic Japanese tale. and Takiko’s mother remarries an ugly potter living in the country. Type of work: Juvenile Literature Grade level: 9-12 Library of Congress #: PZ7.. While this story is not an original Japanese tale. 21 .P273Of Summary: In 12th century Japan. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 6-8 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Noh and Bunraku. and there she becomes wrapped up in the drama of court life during wartime. Takiko’s samurai father dies in battle. Inc. illustrated by Johnny Wales. Comments: This kind of story has been used to teach young students ethics and the philosophy of martial arts. believing that he is the strongest warrior. 1974. Written by Burt Konzak.BK Summary: Noguchi the samurai.

well-written works that are highly accessible to younger readers. a young. Inc. The author's note about the terms and their pronunciations is for readers who are not familiar with this little-known aspect of Japanese culture.N1426 22 . Comments: While this is not an authentic Japanese tale. 1981 Paperback $8. Megumi.M826 Summary: A teenaged girl. independent veterinarian. Written by Lili Bell. One Bird. Megumi finds peace and faith in herself while caring for sick birds. but it is a struggle for her to choose between ordinary life in the city and life as an ama. illustrated by Erin McGonigle Brammer Nashville: Ideals Children's Books. Paperback $4. 1996. Mori has also published poetry and short stories.50. Highly recommended.95. Young readers in any country can easily identify with the teenager's fear. Mizutani. A girl named Kiyomi is encouraged by her mother to follow her family's tradition and become an ama. Written by Kyoko Mori. Comments: Gracefully written and imagined. Comments: A great coming-of-age novel recommended for all young adults. Related works: Kyoko Mori’s first novel. Written by Lensey Namioka. is devastated when her mother abandons her family to return to her native village. the story beautifully portrays the relationship between nature and human beings as well as the mother-daughter relationship. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 4-6 Library of Congress #: PZ7. After she meets Dr. The illustrations are beautiful but a bit somber. 1995. The Sea Maidens of Japan. Hillsboro: Blue Heron Publishing. Both books are very moving. Dream of Water is Mori’s memoir of her own mother’s suicide. this book is a wonderful starting point for older students interested in learning about Japan. Megumi feels isolated while living with her paternal grandmother who forbids her from contacting her mother. struggle and growth while going through her parents' divorce.Her search for beauty and “something better” throughout the book takes her on a long journey that ends in a strange. 32 pages. While the story is set in Japan. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 9-12 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Paterson has mastered the art of writing educational and fascinating stories for young adults free from condescension. Shizuko’s Daughter. New York: Fawcett Juniper Book. 244 pages. but somehow fitting place. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 6-8 Library of Congress #: PZ7.95.B38925 Se Summary: Female sea divers who retrieve shellfish from the ocean are called ama in Japan. supported by accurate historical detail of the late 12th century struggle between the Genji and Heike clans. is the story of a girl whose mother commits suicide.. Village of the Vampire Cat. 158 pages. Hardcover $14. the theme of the book is universal.

this story offers young readers a mixture of fantasy and history. but educators need to supply sufficient background. It can be used as a supplemental reading when teaching about historical Japan. 23 . Comments: Set in medieval Japan.Summary: Two unemployed samurai warriors (ronin) discover that bandits and a murderer are terrorizing their teacher's village. They decide to rescue the village.

Elementary school children enjoy their Sports Day festivities and encounter two American soldiers who perform bicycle tricks for them. Emi. saying good-bye to her home and her best friend. Also a good discussion point about baseball. Comments: Like many other books by Uchida. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 1-4 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Hardcover $14. 1982. 32 pages. Highly recommended. Highly recommended. 1993.* Written by Ken Mochizuki.95. paperback $6. The realistic watercolor illustrations vividly depict the author’s wrenching experience before and during internment. discuss the reactions of the Japanese characters to the American soldiers. Oakland: Parnassus Press. After Emi settles into her new “home. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 2-4 Library of Congress #: PZ7.S. Written by Yoshiko Uchida. The Bracelet. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 2-6 Library of Congress #: PZ7.95. Teachers can discuss the yearly Sports Day festivities that continue today.95. 1993. Laurie gives Emi a bracelet as a symbol of their friendship before Emi and her family leave for an internment camp.95. 38 pages. 24 . Hardcover $5. illustrated by Dom Lee. Emi comes to realize that their friendship is greater than this memento. Laurie. Comments: Recommended for supplementing a lesson about the Japanese American experience in the U. Written and illustrated by Allen Say. Comments: The book successfully depicts the post-war atmosphere of a rural school in Japan. New York: Lee & Low Books. illustrated by Joanna Yardley. New York: The Putnam Berkley Gourp. this story is based on her own experience as a Japanese American interned in a camp during World War II.U25Br Summary: The book begins with a Japanese American girl.Japanese American Encounters Baseball Saved Us. The Bicycle Man. and for advanced students. one of the favorite sports for Japanese children today.” she realizes that she has lost her bracelet.M71284 Summary: A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. Baseball helps the boy cope with the hardships in the camp as well as with the discrimination he faces after the war is over. Hardcover $14. during World War II.S2744Bi Summary: The story takes place in a small village in Japan during the post-World War II occupation era.

1993. cut-outs.95. Highly recommended.95. 1994. Written by Ina R. Written and illustrated by Allen Say. Beautifully illustrated. courts her Japanese mother. 23 pages. 1994. Written by Elaine Hosozawa-Nagano.F8975Ho Summary: A story told by a Japanese American girl whose parents met in Japan and eventually married. 1960s). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Obon. illustrated by Allen Say.95. Comments: Celebrates the double heritage of being Japanese and American through the discussion of the different eating styles. 32 pages. and his longing for one country while in the other. are strikingly beautiful. 1984. How My Parents Learned to Eat. Her father. who move to Japan when their father is transferred. Comments: This story provides an excellent introduction to life in Japan and Japanese culture through the eyes of Japanese American children. including The Bicycle Man. as well as deal with the trials and tribulations of growing up. Related works: All of Say’s works are recommended. The book describes the grandfather's intercultural experience of living in Japan and in America. $16. Friedman. The illustrations using kiri-e. Paperback . Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-6 Library of Congress #: PZ7. illustrated by Mazayuki Miyata. Highly recommended.S2744Gr Summary: The author describes his Japanese grandfather's journey to America in the pre-World War II years and his return to Japan. they learn in secret each other's way of eating.S96913 25 . Cleveland: Modern Curriculum Press. illustrated by Yoshi Miyake.H795Ch Summary: This story involves two Japanese American children. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. In an effort to familiarize themselves with each other's culture. Comments: The book poignantly describes the feeling of longing that many Japanese Americans feel toward both Japan and America. Chicago: Polychrome Publishing Corporation. Tiffany and Kevin. an American sailor stationed in Japan (c. Paperback $5.Chopsticks From America. 32 pages. 62 pages. This book can be effective in teaching children of any ethnic background. They must adjust to life in a new country. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-2 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Written by Ruth Suyenaga. Hardcover. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 6-8 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Grandfather's Journey. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Hardcover $16.

B91527 Slh Summary: In this story. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 3-6 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Written and illustrated by Allen Say.00. Teachers must note that the Obon celebrated in this book takes place in Hawaii. Highly recommended. 36 pages. 1998.95. 1994.M69957Th 26 . Hardcover $14. therefore. some of the foods mentioned in the book (such as the guava cake) are typically Hawaiian. Masako..00. Nevertheless. Hardcover $15. New York: Clarion Press. Mifflin Company. Tea with Milk. she tries to find a way to live out her own life in the city of Osaka. who was born in the U. summer festivities that celebrate and honor ancestors. Comments: This book clearly shows Masako's struggle to adapt herself into the formality of Japanese life. and it serves as a tribute to the author’s parents. In Hawaii. students will understand that many Japanese Americans. There is a helpful "Afterword" that gives the background for Executive Order 9066 which ordered the relocation of thousands of Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II. she learns of the many traditions associated with Obon. Thanksgiving at Obaachan's. Japan. keep Japanese traditions and festivities alive in their community. Teachers can discuss women's roles in Japan and other countries. The story starts in the present but moves in and out of the past as the family traverses the camp. including Grandfather’s Journey. Hardcover $17. Written and illustrated by Janet Mitsui Brown. where she soon feels lost and homesick.S. Written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Chris K.Summary: A Japanese American girl from Massachusetts visits her relatives in Hawaii to celebrate the Obon festival. 32 pages. Chicago: Polychrome Publishing Corporation. 32 pages. a very important family tradition for families in Japan.S2744Te Summary: A young woman. The realistic illustrations successfully capture the mood of a dark moment in American history. New York: Houghton. a Japanese American family visits the internment camp where the father was interned for three and a half years and the grandfather died during World War II. where she finds a job and then her future husband. who had to find the path to their true home. and befriends her cousin who is closer to her Japanese background. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 6-8 Library of Congress #: PZ7. especially in Hawaii. Comments: An informative book about Obon. So Far From the Sea. Related Stories: All of Say’s books are highly recommended. Watercolor illustrations very vividly depict the emotions of the characters. moves with her parents to their home country. Struggling between her feelings for both countries. large illustrations comprise this tale of one family’s history. Comments: Simple text and rich. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-4 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Soentpiet. 1999.

Summary: A young Japanese American girl describes her Thanksgiving holiday at her Grandmother's. She shares her custom of celebrating Christmas as a time of peace with her young son. Gibsons.W46843Yo Summary: When Yoko. but they know how to share the joy of a celebration. 1991. Comments: Adorable animals represent children in this accurate portrayal of a child’s emotional world. a Japanese American kitten. illustrated by Daryl Wells. it offers educators an opportunity to talk to children about the importance of respecting each other's culture. Comments: This is a heartwarming story about growing up in a bicultural family. 32 pages. 1996.95. 1998. Gibsons in her life: her grandmother. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. Written by and illustrated by Allen Say. Highly recommended. and her mother. But one hungry. San Francisco: Children's Book Press. but even this fails to entice anyone to try sushi. Written by Toyomi Igus. an elderly African-American woman. Tree of Cranes. 27 . told through the eyes of a young girl. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. While the content is not directly related to Japan. Hardcover $14. Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. $17. Hardcover $14. Two Mrs. Comments: This book is unfortunately marred by poor illustrations that exaggerate facial features and fail to portray important details clearly. brings sushi to school for lunch.126TW Summary: A young girl describes the two strikingly different Mrs. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-4 Library of Congress #: PZ7.Gibsons have in common is their love for this young girl. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: K-4 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Yoko. 32 of pages. What the two Mrs. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.95. Comments: A good story that illustrates a blending of cultures. Hardcover.S2744Tr Summary: A little boy learns about Christmas from his mother.95. a young Japanese woman. Yoko's teacher attempts to stop the teasing by setting up International Food Day. her classmates make fun of her. The author was born in Japan but his Japanese mother was raised in California. curious friend makes all the difference. This little girl does not speak Japanese and her grandmother does not speak English. Not Recommended.

Straus and Giroux. much less to foreigners. a young American Air Force officer who is lost on a train.L7235Yo Summary: Well-behaved Japanese women in the 1950s were not supposed to talk to strangers. Their encounter turns into love. 28 . Yoshiko takes pity on Flem.Yoshiko and the Foreigner. 36 pages. and helps him find his way.00. but it must be kept hidden from her family. Comments: This book effectively provides the details of Japanese custom and tradition. 1996. which will lead to lots of classroom discussions. Nonetheless. The watercolor illustrations reflect the mood of characters well. Written and illustrated by Mimi Otey Little. This book could be used as an introduction to post-war Japanese history. Hardcover $16. Its main theme is about bridging cultural differences and respecting each other's way of life. New York: Farrar. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 4-6 Library of Congress #: PZ7.

Paperback: $4.50. The story is carefully written and formatted to introduce young readers to this historical event. with a teacher's discretion Library of Congress #: PZ5Y1 Summary: When the atomic bomb is dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Hardcover $16.World War II Related Stories The Angry Jizo. In her search for him after the bombing. The illustrations are carefully done but do give children some idea of the 29 . Comments: The book. Lee & Shepard Books. When he cannot take the terrible spectacle any longer. originally published in Japan. This is one of many stories about Hiroshima told through the eyes of victims or their families. a smiling statue of Jizo witnesses the suffering and pain of people burned in front of him. she finds his blackened lunch box where he used to work. illustrated by Yasushi Nagasawa. Written by Tatsuharu Kodama. illustrated by Goro Shikoku. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 4-8. 1995. are necessary for non-Japanese readers.00. The illustrations and the story of the aftermath of the atomic bomb vividly portray the suffering of the victims. Tokyo: Yamaguchi Shoten. Jizo (compassionate bodhisattva believed to protect children) and the fierce Indian god. Written and illustrated by Toshi Maruki. Highly recommended. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 2-6 with a teacher's discretion Library of Congress #: D767. is a strong indictment of nuclear arms.25H6M2913 Summary: A heartrending story of seven-year old Mii and her family during the “pika. Hiroshima No Pika. Written by Yuko Yamaguchi. Comments: Excellent material for teaching young readers about how the atomic bombing of Hiroshima affected the lives of ordinary people. Deva. New York: Lothrop.T2 Summary: A grandmother tells her two grandchildren about her son who was killed when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.” the flash of the atomic bomb that destroyed the city of Hiroshima. 48 pages. Shigeru. Tokyo: Chart Institute. his smiling face turns into the angry face of Deva. Comments: This book was originally written in Japanese for Japanese children. 32 pages. 1982. Her son. The Lunch Box. 1980. Explanations of the Buddhist deity. 32 pages.00. left home for work that morning with the lunch she made for him. Paperback $ 3. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 2-6 with a teacher's discretion Library of Congress #: PZ5.

prose Grade level: 5-8 Library of Congress #: PZ5. Sacramento: Edu-Comm.95.000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by issuing them transit visas. 1995. Illustrated by Andrea Fong. poetry. who saved the lives of 6.95. Written by Anne Hoshiko Akabori as told by Hiroki Sugihara. The narrator of the book is Hiroki Sugihara. Although she was not able to complete this feat before she died. This is a good book for discussing the tragedy of war and the effects of war on children. Type of work: Essays. the atomic bomb. Compiled by Sheila Hamanaka. Comments: Excellent book for young readers learning about the Holocaust. Note: A child’s lunch box. For a full account of this true story see Children of the Paper Crane by Masamoto Nasu. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 2-4 Library of Congress #: RJ416. she is remembered as one of the heroic victims of the atomic bomb. The epilogue and glossary are helpful. who tells his story from a five year-old's point of view. paintings by Ronald Himler New York: Dell Publishing. 1977. The story focuses on victims’ emotional and physical suffering rather than on the historical facts behind the bombing. burned in the Hiroshima bombing.O57 Summary: Distinguished authors and illustrators present a collection of prose and poetry exploring aspects of peace. The historic family photographs bring the story to life. Hardcover $17. the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 28 pages. from issues of personal and community violence to international conflict. Written by Eleanor Coerr. New York: Clarion Books. Based on a true story.destructiveness of war.A Summary: The true story of Chiune Sugihara. and the environmental dangers of nuclear proliferation. is on display in the Peace Museum in Hiroshima City. Hardcover $21.L4C63 Summary: A story about a young girl named Sadako who died from leukemia as a result of being exposed to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. and the Pacific War. 30 . On the Wings of Peace. Comments: Puppe's Story. 144 pages. 1996. Sugihara’s oldest son. Sadako believed that she would be able to recover if she successfully folded a thousand origami cranes.50. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 1-3 Library of Congress #: PZ7. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. paperback $3. Comments: There are abundant supplementary materials for teaching about Sadako. Plus.

New York. Many years later Shin’s father discovers the buried tricycle and decides to donate it to the Museum of Peace in Hiroshima. Walker and Company. finally received a tricycle as a present from his uncle and was riding it that day. Shin. 32 pages. Note: A child’s tricycle. Type of work: Juvenile literature Grade level: 2-6 with teacher's discretion Library of Congress #: D767. Comments: Excellent material for teaching young readers about how the atomic bombing of Hiroshima affected the lives of ordinary people. The story focuses on victims’ emotional and physical suffering rather than on the historical facts behind the bombing. Hardcover. Written by Tatsuharu Kodama.Shin's Tricycle. This is one of many stories about Hiroshima told through the eyes of victims or their families. His son. illustrated by Noriyuki Ando. burned in the Hiroshima bombing. The illustrations are carefully done but do give children some idea of the destructiveness of war.25 H6S51315 Summary: This story is a father's recollection of his young son who died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. is on display in the Peace Museum in Hiroshima City. 31 .95. $15.

Highly recommended. Comments: This is an excellent.95.Poetry/Haiku Cool Melons . 1997. Highly recommended. Type of Work: Poetry Grade level: 1-4 Library of Congress #: Not Available in Library in Congress Summary: A collection of haiku written by some of Japan's most famous poets. thoughtfully constructed book. Beautiful illustrations accurately capture the four seasons in Japan.00.Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa. Comments: An excellent book to introduce readers to Japanese haiku.Z5G65 Summary: A biography and introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet..4Z50487 Summary: A simple retelling of the travels of seventeenth-century Japanese poet. across his island homeland. illustrated by Demi. Comments: A charming book. . Written by Matthew Gollub. 1998. Haiku Picturebook For Children. 1998. Issa grew up lonely and abandoned by his family and faced enormous sadness as an adult. Hardcover $16. whose love for nature finds expression in the more than thirty poems included in this book. 36 pages. Lee & Low Books. $16. 32 pages. such as Yosano Buson and Matsuo Basho. $13. 36 pages. illustrated by Kazuko G. Inc. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. New York.2. Edited by Keisuke Nishimoto and illustrated by Kozo Shimizu. The author's notes at the end of the book enable readers to further understand the poetry. Matsuo Basho (16441694). His kindhearted nature is expressed in this poetry.95. Hardcover. the illustrations and calligraphy throughout are charming. Type of work: Poetry Grade level: K-3 Library of Congress #: PL797. Kobayashi Issa (17631827). New York: Heian International. Hardcover. Stone. Grass Sandals: The Travels of Basho. Each English translation has a brief interpretation of the poem alongside the original version in Japanese. The works are arranged in a seasonal pattern along with the original versions in Japanese. Includes some of the haiku verses he composed. Type of work: Poetry Grade level: 1-4 Library of Congress #: PL794. Written by Dawnine Spivak. Good as supplemental reading when teaching about haiku.

the recitation of stories with accompanying pictures was used in temples to explain Buddhist deities and relate the histories of the temples. The hiragana Japanese narratives could be used in advanced Japanese language classes. large two-dimensional figures attached to long sticks. The teachers' guides are particularly helpful. he would allow his best customers to stand in the front of the group. he would announce story time by beating on a drum and sounding wooden clappers. A Spider's Thread adapts a short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. there are stories such as Nya-on the Kitten. reaching its peak in the 1950s with more than 3. They raise her as their own child and later learn she is a princess from the moon. Stopping at a convenient corner. Japanese Storytelling: The Return Of An Imaginative Art Many older Japanese have pleasant memories of the neighborhood storyteller whose tales of adventure and noble deeds brightened the lives of children everywhere in Japan. Over twenty stories are currently available including an excellent sampling of ancient and contemporary tales appropriate for children 2 years old and up. Each kamishibai story consists of 12 to 16 beautifully colored cardboard illustrations. as early as the 12thcentury. kindness and adventure. giving a story summary. The stories are illustrated by various artists. The collection also includes a tale dating from the late 10th century. The narratives are written in both Japanese (hiragana) and English. Kamishibai (paper drama) is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling that uses large color pictures to accompany a dramatic narration. is a folk tale of a fisherman who is rewarded by a mother tortoise for saving the life of her baby. themes. Urashima Tarô. The story. This story. After selling candy to the neighborhood children. in which an elderly couple discover a beautiful baby girl in a stalk of bamboo. he would pull the story 33 . is also known in English as The Bamboo Cutter or The Shining Princess. a story of a kitten so fascinated by the moon she tries to catch it. This type of storytelling is enjoying a renaissance in Japan and has recently become available in English for use in schools and at home. the illustrations look like bold watercolors. essays and poems. Kamishibai in its current form became popular during the 1920s. greed and retribution.printed on cardboard. The boards measure 10 1/2" X 15". For the youngest audience. American children can now enjoy this imaginative activity. familiar to all Japanese.000 storytellers in Tokyo alone. Urashima Tarô returns to his village and discovers that 300 years have passed. The story boards were enclosed in a framed wooden box that opened on one side to resemble a stage mounted on the back of the kamishibai man's bicycle. and magic lantern projections were other methods of storytelling used at various periods of Japan's history. Although machine. is appropriate for older students. Resembling such Western tales as Sleeping Beauty and Rip Van Winkle. the kamishibai man would make the rounds of various neighborhoods on a bicycle with about three different stories.century intellectual and author noted for his polished stories. a teacher's guide and instructions on how to use the story boards. or even brush and ink paintings. Kamishibai is part of a long tradition of oral folk literature in Asia. The Bamboo Princess. discussion questions. In Japan. an early 20th. Tadpole Number 101 is a contemporary kamishibai that tells the story of a mother frog teaching her large brood of tadpoles the meaning of cooperation.Kamishibai. allowing even a large group of children gathered around a teacher or parent to easily see the pictures. woodblock prints. After visiting the Dragon King's palace at the bottom of the sea. Each day. which addresses forgiveness. Urashima Tarô explores themes of the passage of time. cultural background to each story and follow-up activities. one of the most familiar Japanese stories to American audiences. Shadow puppets. As the story progressed. ideas for initial activities.

His superhuman powers. she becomes renowned for her beauty and attracts many suitors. kamishibai is a wonderful addition to the classroom. Bringing kamishibai to an American audience is a labor of love for two American women. became fascinated by kamishibai after seeing them during a one-year stay in Hokkaido in northern Japan in 1969. captivated children all over the country. telephone and fax: 212662-5836. She brought kamishibai with her when she returned home and found that the stories and pictures appealed to a very diverse group of students she taught on the Lower East Side of New York City. contact Margaret Eisenstadt. the Golden Bat fought for peace and justice. Kamishibai. Reprinted with permission from the Association for Asian Studies. young people in this country can also enjoy the return of this appealing form of Japanese traditional storytelling. The original series. kamishibai are published by Dôshinsha. wily foxes and gentle Buddhist deities (Jizô). They name her "Kaguya-hime"(Bamboo Princess). and raise her as their own child. written by a 25 year old and illustrated by a 16 year old. Excerpt. spring. Ôgon Batto (The Golden Bat).00. Eisenstadt. During the 1930s. NY 10025-1510. Retold by Kyoko Iwasaki.boards out to reveal the next scene. He and his wife have been childless. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 4-8 Summary: An old bamboo cutter finds a tiny baby girl in a bamboo stalk. As Kaguya-hime grows. Donna Tamaki and Margaret Eisenstadt. who became friends in 1967 as students at Columbia Teachers College. Education About Asia. included the ability to fly through the air. P. Beyond its interesting historical lineage. 1997. Even the Emperor cannot convince her to marry him. New York: Kamishibai for Kids. It introduces children to types of Japanese characters such as river spirits (kappa). Thanks to the perseverance and ingenuity of these two educators. $35. By Elaine Vukov. Tamaki. The Golden Bat continued into the 1950s fighting a mad Nazi scientist who had escaped Germany at the end of the war and was bent on destroying humankind. to all of whom she assigns a difficult task and then refuses to marry them when they fail. and they are overjoyed with this wonderful gift. illustrated by Teruyo Endo. For more information about kamishibai. moved to Kyoto in the early 1970s and now teaches English language and folk literature at Doshisha Women's College. He would stop at an exciting part of the story and announce that the story would be continued the next day. One day she tells the old 34 . the translator of the stories. Select List of Kamishibai The Bamboo Princess (Kaguya-hime). translated by Donna Tamaki. 16 picture sheets. 1995. enjoyed phenomenal popularity.Kamishibai for Kids.O. a resident of New York City. Box 20069 Park West Station. Resembling a caped Phantom of the Opera with a grimacing skeleton head and holding aloft a gold sword. In Japan. New York.

students will be able to see how Japanese people celebrate the holiday. 1995. 16 picture sheets. $35. the priest saves the boy by making the witch turn into a bean. The teacher's guide also explains what a Jizo is and what it means to the Japanese people. her original home. Retold by Miyoko Matsutani. Explain that it is the most important holiday in Japan. On the way back home in the snow. They effectively depict how people live or lived in Japan by showing futon. The teacher's guide would be much more helpful if it listed more activities. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-3 Summary: A young apprentice in a temple meets an old woman who says they are related. translated by Donna Tamaki. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-2 Summary: On New Year's Eve. Kaguya-hime returns to the moon. 35 . made in the early eighth century. in which a child is given to an old. hoping to sell a piece of cloth his wife wove to make some money for the New Year's holiday. The beginning of the story. Kamishibai. is believed to be the oldest tale in Japan. illustrated by Eigoro Futamata. The priest gives the boy 3 paper charms to protect him. He returns home with empty hands but his wife is happy for what he has done. She invites him to her home to enjoy chestnuts that evening. 16 picture sheets. How The Witch Was Eaten Up. old man covers their heads with the five straw hats and his own scarf. illustrated by Fumio Matsuyama. all of which children in Japan play on the New Year's holiday. It turns out that she is a witch and the young boy uses the charms to escape. such as takoage (flying kites). Kamishibai. Hats for the Jizos (Kasa Jizoo).00. looking cold. Tokyo: Doshinsha Co. This kind. The watercolor illustrations illuminate and match the mood of the story. a poor old man goes to the village. When the witch follows him to the temple. $35.couple that she must return to the moon on a night when it is full. and he exchanges the cloth with the man's five hats. the six Jizos reward the couple for the their unselfish generosity. is common among many folk tales and can also be seen in One-Inch Boy and Momotaro. Highly recommended. Compare the ending of the story with that of One-Inch Boy and Momotaro. childless couple. irori (an old fashioned hearth) and chopsticks. Ltd.00. the old man spots six stone statues of Jizo (a Buddhist deity of compassion). Comments: Charming illustrations. During the night of New Year's Eve. 1992. hanetsuki (playing a battledore). The boy decides to visit her house despite the priest's warning that she may be a witch. Comments: This heart-warming story teaches children compassion and kindness. New York: Kamishibai for Kids. Compare the traditional Japanese housing style with those of Western countries using the teacher's guide. With the teacher's guide. Ask students how they celebrate the New Year's holiday and other significant holidays. Comments: This famous story. Highly recommended. Retold by Miyoko Tatsutani. Despite every effort the couple and soldiers make to keep her. and koma-mawashi (spinning a top). translated by Donna Tamaki. Highly recommended. He meets a man who is trying to sell straw hats.

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Retold by Chizuko Kimichi. Highly recommended. a rabbit. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-3 Summary: Childless old couple's wish is granted and a one-inch boy is born to them. translated by Donna Tamaki. When he grows up. never grows any taller. Doshinsha Co. Issun-boshi demonstrates his courage and strength and wins the heart of the Lord's daughter when he rescues her from an oni. Ltd. the Peach Boy. Kamishibai. Pon and Kon magically turn into each other. Teachers can begin with the cultural significance of foxes (kitsune) and raccoon dogs (tanuki) which are regarded as animals possessing supernatural powers. and trade lives for a while. The teacher's guide provides cultural background for teachers and students to discuss the bowl. 37 . such as the ability to turn themselves into other forms of life and play tricks on people. a little raccoon dog. Highly recommended. New York: Kamishibai for Kids. an ox. and each ends ups helping the other's family. 12 picture sheets. a snake. illustrated by Hisao Suzuki. a tiger.00. The teacher's guide includes paper-holding techniques. which often begin with a childless old couple who wish to have a baby. 1995.How The Years Were Named. This son. Kon and Pon (Parts One and Two). and songs. a horse. Tokyo. a cock. chopsticks.00. but their family members do not get along and discourage them from seeing each other. a mouse and a dragon. Kon goes to Pon's house. One day. Finally. such as in Momotaro. $35. Kamishibai $35. 1999. $49. Type of work: Chinese folk tale Grade level: K-3 Summary: The story tells how animals of the Chinese zodiac were chosen. 24 picture sheets. Retold by Joji Tsubota. Pon goes to Kon's house. Ask your students which other animals they'd choose for each of the 12 years and why. There is a wild boar. a monkey. ogres and magic mallet used in the story. cultural background. Who gets first place? Comments: This is one of the traditional versions of the story that tells how the years of the twelve-year cycle used in East Asia were named after twelve animals. he goes off to the capital city in order to prove himself. translated by Donna Tamaki. Discuss the traits of each animal and have your students decide the order of the animals. Comments: This double-set story teaches children to have mutual respect for different groups of people. Kamishibai. Comments: This story's beginning is typical of Japanese folk tales. a dog. a little fox. named Issun-boshi. The Bamboo Princess. illustrated by Yuko Kanazawa. Highly recommended. 12 picture sheets. translated by Donna Tamaki. a giant ogre. befriends Pon.. The great wizard chooses twelve and holds a race to decide the order of the names. wooden clogs. The One-Inch Boy (Issun-Boshi). illustrated by Eigoro Futamata. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: K-2 Summary: Kon. New York: Kamishibai for Kids. Retold by Masako Matsuno. a sheep. their compassion and friendship bring the two families together. or Kaguyahime.00.

00. 1995. 16 picture sheets. Kamishibai. only to find that everything has changed. and a weaver princess. New York: Kamishibai for Kids. The guide also includes the song of the Star Festival. Type of work: Chinese folk tale Grade level: K-3 Summary: A young herdsman. watercolor. Teachers can ask their students whether they can think of other stories that have this theme (Sleeping Beauty or Rip Van Winkle). illustrated by Saburo Nishiyama. Retold by Ichiro Wakabayashi. On July 7. Bewildered and despairing. fall in love and then marry. Highly recommended. translated by Donna Tamaki. Comments: Illustrations are uniquely presented in a beautiful combination of wood block prints.00. $35. After their marriage. translated by Donna Tamaki. Hikoboshi. kind fisherman. Type of work: Folk tale Grade level: 2-4 Summary: A young. 1995. The wood block print illustrations are vivid and charming. The main theme in this story is the passage of time. But Taro grows homesick for his mother and decides to leave the Palace. These activities and traditions are explained in more detail in the teacher's guide. he is invited to the Dragon's Palace at the bottom of the sea where he is lavishly entertained by the Dragon King's daughter. Taro opens the box. Urashima Taro. Retold by Shin Kitada. New York: Kamishibai for Kids. $35. Kamishibai. This angers the ruler of the Heaven. he sends them to opposite sides of the Milky Way but allows them to meet once a year. illustrated by Yukihiko Mitani. Highly recommended. Comments: The Japanese festival called Tanabata or Star Festival in Japan is based on a Chinese legend. when talking about the passage of time. In addition. As a reward. and discovers that three hundred years have passed. they are so infatuated with each other that they neglect their herding and weaving duties. instantly turns into an old man. The princess gives him a beautiful box to take with him but warns him not to open it if he ever wants to meet her again. and rice paper. Urashima Taro.The Story of Tanabata. 38 . He returns to his village. teachers can explain the concept of the four seasons and the significance of a tortoise (symbol of longevity) in Japanese society. 12 picture sheets. on the seventh day of the seventh month. saves a baby tortoise from bullies. children write their wishes on strips of colored paper and decorate a bamboo tree with various-shaped paper ornaments in much the same way as Westerners now decorate Christmas trees. To punish the couple. Otohime.

95 Fifteen songs with music score. 1998 $24. Beautifully illustrated. 1996 Originally published in Japan by Kodansha International.00 includes CD Fourteen songs with music score and compact disc. Let’s Sing – Japanese Songs for Kids By Janet and Maren Sono NY: Kamishibai for Kids. . Endnotes give background to the songs. Background notes for each song.Japanese Songs for Children Recommended collections of children’s songs Best-Loved Children’s Songs from Japan By Yoko Imoto Torrance. 39 . English and Japanese lyrics. English and Japanese lyrics. CA: Heian International. 1986 $12.

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