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Japanese Children's Favourite Stories


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The late Florence Sakade was an experienced editor and author/compiler of many popular books on Japan such as A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, Origami: Japanese Paper Folding, and Japanese Children's Favorite Stories. Her distinguished career spanned five decades, and she continued working until her death in 1999 at the age of 82. Yoshisuke Kurosaki (1905-1984) studied at the Kawabata Painting school and illustrated children's books from around 1927 until his death. His work has helped define the style of Japanese children's book illustration in the 20th century.


"Japanese Children's Favorite Stories is alive with characters, in illustration and in words. The characters and the stories they tell are delightful, enchanting and compelling--it's no wonder this book has been in print for so long. Children with a connection to Japan will especially love reading these stories still relevant to a modern reader." --Danielle Wright, author of Japanese Nursery Rhymes
"Filled with now-familiar favorites, along with lesser-known yet equally delightful tales, this enduring collection presents stories to enchant and enlighten young readers...This collection is greater than the sum of its parts...The text [is] simple, clear, and accessible to beginning readers and storytellers alike." --School Library Journal
"The best way to come to understand another culture is to get to know its people...and the stories they tell. Stories are a primary means for transmitting cultural values, information, philosophies, and worldviews. This beautiful and engaging 60th Anniversary edition strengthens the cultural bridge between Japan and the English-speaking world for current and future generations." --Willamarie Moore, author of All About Japan
"The stories retold in this delightful book were part of my childhood and my mother's before. Who can forget the monkeys and foxes, the tricksters and makers of mischief, the heroes, and the ordinary folk who do extraordinary things! These are wonderful tales, passed down for generations. Collected here, they will continue to enchant." --Shiho S. Nunes, author of Chinese Fables: "The Dragon Slayer" and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom
"With its approachable writing style and whimsical illustrations, the new edition of JCFS is poised to delight a fresh generation of children. May it continue its valuable work of introducing the charming lexicon of Japanese folk tales worldwide." --Rebecca Otowa, author of At Home in Japan: a Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
"With these two books, Tuttle has been the leader in preserving the foundation of Japanese heritage and folklore for Western children of all ages. As the author/illustrator of new Japanese folktales, I am privileged to be part of Tuttle's wonderful legacy." --Sunny Seki, author and illustrator of Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll and The Last Kappa of Old Japan
"[A] delightful collection of Japanese tales...Twenty enchanting stories illustrated in a charming folk style." --TravelForKids.com

"This is a fun book of traditional Japanese tales. This book has sequels since it has been so popular for sixty years. We love it!" --Crafty Moms Share

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