Ooka the Wise: Tales of Old Japan

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A collection of seventeen folktales about the legendary Japanese judge Ooka, whose ingenuity and desire for justice help him solve knotty problems in inventive ways.

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Gr. 3-6. This reissued collection of 17 folktales (originally published in 1961) features the legendary judge Ooka Tadasuke, whose devotion to justice helps him solve many difficult cases. Renowned for his unusual and original decisions, Ooka punishes wickedness and rewards virtue--even though he doesn't always follow the letter of the law. In one instance he rules that the sound of money changing hands is just payment for experiencing the smell of food; in another case, he manages to divide 13 horses equally without killing any of them; and in yet another trial, he sentences himself to death (with much anticipated delay) as payment for embarrassing the shogun. Told in folkloric style, each tale is brief, introducing a difficult problem and providing a clever, satisfying solution. The author provides no source documentation, stating that he heard these tales from his grandfather. This will be popular with storytellers and may be useful for units on creative problem solving. Illustrated with black line drawings. Kay Weisman

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