Mighty Mountain, a young sumo wrestler who wants to become the strongest man in Japan and win the Emperor's grand match, is trained for success by Kuniko, her mother, and her grandmother.
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Text: English, Danish (translation)From School Library Journal:
The second version of this traditional Japanese folktale to be published in 1990 ( Stamm's Three Strong Women : A Tall Tale of Japan , Viking) . This text is briefer and lacks the elaborative details that add liveliness to the Stamm version. Hedlund's illustrations, with dark outlines around the figures, flat dulled colors, stylized landscapes, and a sense of compressed space, seem loosely patterned on Japanese woodcuts, although traditional woodcuts have a more fluid, delicate line. The figures often seem frozen in a pose rather than caught in the act of moving. Mighty Mountain, with his overly large feet and hands and exaggerated pouting grimace, would be right at home in contemporary Japanese cartoons. The layout reinforces this comic-book style with frequent inserts of additional scenes framed and set into a larger two-page picture. The illustrations as a whole are both more fierce and more cartoonlike than the other version. The Tsengs ' deft watercolors for Stamm's offering have wider, more immediate appeal with their sense of whimsy that perfectly captures the humor of Three Strong Women.
-Karen James, Louisville Free Pub . Lib . , KY
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Book Description Volcano Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110912078863