Michael Waite Jojofu

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Jojofu

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A young man is saved from death three times by the keen senses of his faithful hunting dog

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Michael P. Waite's interest in Japanese culture was sparked when he "had the great good fortune to marry into a JapaneseAmerican family," who introduced him to their very rich history of folklore and myth. The author of more than twenty books for children, Michael has also built Muppets, taught art in public schools, and made animated films. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Eugene, Oregon.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3?Another story in the cherished tradition of misunderstood dogs who save their owners' lives. Here, the setting is medieval Japan, where Jojofu is the leader of Takumi's pack of hunting dogs. She saves her master from a rock fall, and from plunging down a cliff obscured by fog. Takumi is at first upset by her behavior and urges her to be like the other dogs. After the cliff episode, however, he promises always to have faith in her and only by remembering his promise does he avoid killing her when she growls and leaps menacingly toward him. Once again, Jojofu is proved right?a giant snake is about to attack the man. Ito's illustrations have the look of ancient Japanese scrolls while at the same time packing in plenty of child appeal. Beautifully yet simply, they create an almost mystical, rugged countryside. Jojofu is pictured as a charming white Shiba Inu-type dog with perky ears, curled tail, and jaunty carriage. She draws viewers' eyes into each double-page spread. Her fight with the snake is shown in a climactic and dramatic wordless illustration in which the snake seems almost about to burst out of the page, giving readers the feeling that they, too, are being saved by Jojofu's courage. With its sympathetic story of noble behavior misinterpreted and its exciting battle scene, Jojofu will be a hit in any story time and it might be compared to Robert San Souci's retelling of The Hobyahs (Doubleday, 1994) or the magic Welsh legend of "The Man Who Killed His Greyhound."?Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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