Synopses & Reviews
The brave young fisherman who visits the Kingdom Beneath the Sea in this magical legend is sometimes thought of as Japan's own Rip Van Winkle. The glowing colors and exotic patterns of Shiro Kasamatsu's illustrations, originally painted half a century ago, lend a unique air of enchantment to a classic folk tale, retold in lilting verse by writer, translator and lyricist Ralph F. McCarthy.
"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
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.