Playful goblins with long noses, magic tea kettles and a delightfully brave hero who just happens to be one inch tall-these are some of the wonderful characters you'll meet in this collection of the 20 best-loved Japanese children's stories. Drawn from folklore and passed down for generations, these classic tales speak of the virtues of hard work, humility, kindness and good humor-"Once upon a time . . ." has never sounded so inviting. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of this all-time best-selling titles with a new foreword, each story has been lovingly revised and reset, and all the sparkling illustrations appear in color for the very first time. With so many enchanting stories to choose from, young readers will have a delightful time deciding which is their very favorite.
Compiled by Florence Sakade and Illustrated by Yoshisuke Kurosaki. 122 pps, Hardcover, 9-1/4" x 9-1/4". Includes an Audio CD.
11/30/10 "Thank you so much for getting this book in! It was my favorite as a child, I have such fond memories of these stories being read by my mother and father! I especially remember the pictures of cherry blossoms and think of them fondly when the cherry blossoms come out where I live. I will be so happy to give this book to children I know!" AK, Washington, DC