Synopses & Reviews
The brave little boy who sailed to the Capital in a teacup and fought a demon with a needle to win the love of a Lady is a Japanese cousin to Tom Thumb.
"Will captivate readers. Retold in droll, boisterous verse, this tale features many of the common themes running through Western fairytales, yet retains a uniquely Japanese flavor. The series will be a worthy addition to the multicultural bookshelf." -Publishers Weekly
"Brimming with the familiar and great themes of loyalty, courage and generosity." -Asahi Evening News
"Would make an excellent gift for any child, in Japan and abroad." -Tokyo Today
These are classic Japanese fairy tales, retold in a lively rhyming style with accompanying classic illustrations to appeal to both children and adults. The charming stories revolve around the timeless themes of love, bravery, and faithfulness.
Urashima and the Kingdom Beneath the Sea is the story of a young fisherman who discovers a magical kingdom and of what happens when he finally returns to earth.
The Inch-high Samurai, a Japanese cross between Tom Thumb and The Beauty and the Beast, is the story of a tiny but brave warrior who vanquishes monsters and wins the love of a beautiful woman.
About the Author
RALPH F. McCARTHY is a writer, lyricist, and translator from Michigan and California. Among his translations are another collection of stories by Osamu Dazai, Self Portaits
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by Ryu Murakami.