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Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales (Classic Reprint)

Grace James

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ISBN 10: 1331665701 / ISBN 13: 9781331665700
Published by Forgotten Books, 2017
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Title: Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales ...

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales is a collection of 38 "tales and legends" from the Land of the Rising Sun, published in 1912. Grace James diligently gathered these beautiful stories from various sources, including the Ko-ji-ki, which is the oldest Japanese chronicle of myths that has survived the test of time and human hands to this day.

Warwick Goble, well-known illustrator of his time, enhances the appeal of the anthology by furnishing it with 16 artistic depictions of some of the characters in the stories. As he specialized in Asian themes, particularly Japanese and Indian ones, he is a fitting choice for the creation of this book.

Children and young adults will find these stories a fine introduction to Japanese culture. Despite its translation into a Western language, various Eastern elements remain, such as the names of the characters and places, as well as the designations of certain figures.

Also, certain Asian values, such as profound respect for elders and superiors, help youngsters understand why they are important and how they are supposed to be practiced. However, since the tales date back more than a hundred years ago, some customs featured may be deemed too conservative for modern readers.

These old legends and tales effectively transports one to another era and place. As such, this anthology is a great tool for escaping into a fictional realm while, at the same time, learning or being reminded of timeless moral lessons that remain applicable today.

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This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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English writer Grace James (1864–1930) is best known for the John and Mary books, a series of adventure stories for children. James grew up in Japan and wrote a memoir of her experiences, Japan: Recollections and Impressions, as well as compilations of folklore, including The Moon Maiden and Other Japanese Fairy Tales and The Three Dwarf Trees.
Warwick Goble (1862–1943) produced lovely watercolor paintings that perfectly illustrated fairy tale subjects. Specializing in Japanese and Indian themes, he became famous for illustrating both magazines and books. Goble worked as a resident illustrator for Macmillan, where he created dazzling images for The Modern Reader's Chaucer, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and other classics.

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