The Seven Gods of Luck: A Japanese Tale

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"A lively adaptation of a Japanese folktale.... The well-paced, carefully plotted text has a sprightly partner in its stylized, gently colored illustrations." - School Library Journal

"A sweetly illustrated retelling" - The New York Times

Sachiko and Kenji just want to welcome the new year in the proper way, but their mother tells them they don't have the money for a New Year's feast.

An act of generosity brings help from an unexpected source in this heartwarming Japanese classic.

May the Seven Gods of Luck visit you!

Fifteenth Anniversary Edition with new notes by author David Kudler

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David Kudler is the Publishing Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and has served as the Chief Editor of New World Library's acclaimed The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, an eight volume series. (2001-2003 New World Library).

Linda Finch was born in Japan and raised in a military family that travelled around the world. After graduating from college with a degree in biological sciences, she moved to New York City. There, she studied art and illustration. Today Linda lives in the sunshine state of Florida with her husband and feisty welsh terrier.

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The kindness and generosity of two children result in a great reward for them at New Year's in an unusual fable set in Japan. Sachiko and her brother, Kenji, are saddened when their mother comes home empty-handed on New Year's Eve, so they decide to try to sell some hairpins and chopsticks they have made, in order to buy rice for their meal. On their way, they pass the Seven Gods of Luck--life-sized statues exemplifying virtues like wisdom, long life, and beauty--and dust the snow off them. They can't sell their things, but do trade wares with an old man, so that they can all go home for the night. They procure six straw hats that they attach to the statues--upon the seventh Sachiko bestows her scarf--to keep the gods free from snow. Their gesture prods the gods to give the family a fabulous New Year's meal in seven pots. Kudler's first book is predictable, but does reveal the stark simplicity of this Japanese household, and provides a window into traditions and daily life. Although two paintings show the children with the very wares that they have already traded away, Finch's watercolors are well done and innovative in composition, and manage to present fresh details of an unfamiliar culture in every picture. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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