Badger and the Magic Fan: A Japanese Folktale

Tony Johnston

Published by Putnam Pub Group, 1990
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Synopsis: "Johnson and dePaola . . . work again in pleasing harmony to bring a Japanese folktale to life . . ."--Booklist, starred review. Full color.

From School Library Journal: Kindergarten-Grade 2 --In their latest collaboration, Johnston and dePaola present a new version of a classic Japanese folktale. A wickedly mischievous badger uses trickery to steal the tengu children's magic fan, which has the power to make noses grow and shrink. Of course, the badger uses the fan for his own nasty version of play. He stretches the nose of a wealthy, beautiful girl to a hideous length. Her powerful father turns to doctors, witches, and great thinkers for help, but only the badger can restore the girl's beauty. His reward--the girl's hand in marriage--is also his undoing. When he falls asleep after a filling wedding feast, the tengu children recapture the fan. Their revenge is to make badger's nose grow so long that the celestial workers believe it is a pole and pull the badger into the heavens. This conclusion isn't as satisfying as the traditional version in which the half-asleep badger does himself in by unwittingly fanning to keep cool, causing his nose to grow. The characters of witch and thinker are also new. Johnston's telling, while spry and animated, is somewhat overembellished. Frequent aside comments and sound effects are more distracting than emphatic. The story is illustrated in pastels decorated with Japanese elements. Each picture is framed, giving a sense of a stage-setting. dePaola's lighthearted treatment fits the retelling, but the stereotypical portrayals of orientals may offend contemporary readers. An entertaining story, if not a completely successful folktale adaption. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
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Title: Badger and the Magic Fan: A Japanese ...
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Tomie de Paola
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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