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Synopsis: "Momotaro" is one of the most famous Japanese folktales, teaching children the virtues of courage, teamwork, and generosity in an exciting setting. A boy mysteriously born from a gigantic peach grows up to be a courageous yet kind-hearted young man. With the aid of three downtrodden animals, he stands up for the poor people in his village, who have been oppressed by a gang of greedy ogres.
The Leaf Moon Arts version is presented in Storycard Theater format, our modern version of Japanese "kamishibai" picture-card dramas. It features joyful color illustrations by Mario Uribe, a noted California artist and enthusiastic scholar of Japanese art and culture.
From the Publisher: Now you can tell stories, not just read them. Based on traditional Japanese picture-card dramas called kamishibai (paper theater), the Storycard Theater™ format allows you to read to a group of children while showing them the pictures. No longer do you have to twist your neck to read a picture book! And with the freedom to look your audience in the eye, you can concentrate on the performance. Reading becomes storytelling. It’s easy and fun.
Storycard Theater™ dramas are printed on 12 sturdy, 13-inch-wide (33 cm) cards. They’re small enough to hold comfortably, yet large enough to showcase the colorful artwork. The back of each card features clear, kid-tested text and a smaller version of the image the audience is seeing.
These storycards are ideal for classrooms, birthday parties, daycare centers, family gatherings, and for students learning English. In fact, many children enjoy performing them for each other, or inventing their own stories based on the artwork.
COLORFUL HISTORY The kamishibai (kah-mee-shee-bye) format dates back to the 12th century, when Buddhist monks traveled Asia with pictures to enhance their stories and lectures. Between the 1930s and 1950s in Japan, it was common to see kamishibai storytellers in parks, fields, or on street corners — wherever children gathered. Riding up on bicycles with a small wooden stage mounted on the back, these enterprising men sold candies and snacks to the children, then launched into a dramatic performance. (Children who bought candy got to sit closer.) It’s estimated there were once 25,000 kamishibai storytellers in Japan. Unfortunately, as television and movies began to lure children indoors, these storytellers gradually disappeared.
Leaf Moon Arts is excited to bring back this unique and effective form of storytelling. Try it yourself. We think you’ll see why Storycard Theater™ owners call the series " spellbinding."
ABOUT LEAF MOON ARTS Leaf Moon Arts draws on classic folktales from around the world to produce stories that demonstrate positive themes to children, such as love, kindness, and honesty. Through Storycard Theater™, we hope to help children establish good values — and have fun — for many years to come.
Title: Momotaro: the Peach Boy (Storycard Theater)
Publisher: Leaf Moon Arts
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: New
Book Description Leaf Moon Arts, 2003. Condition: New. Mario Uribe (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0974816108