An inch-high boy proves himself a warrior by vanquishing the dreaded red demon with his cunning and bravery.
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Text: English, Japanese (translation)From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3 Years ago, Virginia Haviland introduced children to the "One-inch Fellow" in Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Japan (Little, 1967; o.p.). Now Morimoto revives the story of the Japanese "Tom Thumb" in this lively but somewhat varied version. An elderly couple's prayers are answered when Buddha sends them a boy. Although Issunboshi is only one inch tall, he is brave and full of ambition. When he becomes a young man, he travels to Kyoto to become a Samurai. With the help of a sword (his mother's sewing needle) and a quick wit, he destroys the evil Red Demon. The vanquished giant's magic hammer turns Issumboshi into a full-grown man with a "happily ever after" life. Morimoto's illustrations are large and bold. Striking colors splash across the pages, and a full-page Buddha appears dramatically luminescent. The perspectiveoften from the view of a small figure looking upwill delight young sensibilities. The action and humor of the harmonious pictures and text make this an excellent choice for group presentation. Barbara C. Webber, Gordon-Barbour Elementary School Library, Gordonsville, Va.
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Book Description Collins 1984, 1984. 4to. Pictorial laminated boards. Very good. Signed and stamped by Morimoto on rep. Bookseller Inventory # 59217
Book Description Collins, Sydney, 1985. Reprint ed.. Hardback square quarto, no jacket as issued, very good condition, pictorial cover, very good condition colour drawings, coloured endpapers, tiny dent front cover, light foxing first & last few pages. Unnum 28 pp. Children's picture story based on a classic Japanese tale, and illustrated by Japanese-Australian Junko Morimoto. The story is about a tiny baby named Issunboshi, little Inch boy. He has many adventures before he becomes General Horikawa, a handsome and gallant Samurai. Bookseller Inventory # 16869
Book Description Collins, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. inscription inside name inside light wear to boards storagechildrens2stacks. Bookseller Inventory # 2802201403
Book Description William Collins, Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. No Jacket. 9 1/2" x 10 1/4" Tall. Children's Fiction. Straight, tight with no marks noted. This book approaches fine condition with only an edge knock lower corner and a slight smudge on back page preventing it. Adaptation by Helen Smith. Wonderfully illustrated throughout with many illustrations over full page. The colors are extremely vibrant. A Japanese Folk Tale Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit environmental restoration and education. Bookseller Inventory # 003907