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The Shining Princess and other Japanese Legends

Quayle, Eric (Illus. Michael FOREMAN)

ISBN 10: 0862642361 / ISBN 13: 9780862642365
Published by Andersen Press, London, UK., 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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No other date noted, presume First Edition, as has publishers full number line in place. ENGLISH Text. Pictorial book boards. Present is the publishers 3-1/4" pink 'wrapper" in Japanese (front panel) and English and Japanese (rear panel). End-papers are illustrated. A clean, tight volume, no markings at all. Ten Japanese fairy tales with the fabulous illustrations by Michael Foreman throughout. Approx. 7.5" x 9.5" tall. 111 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 000339

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Title: The Shining Princess and other Japanese ...

Publisher: Andersen Press, London, UK.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Drawn from the two earliest known English translations, these ten examples of Japanese folk literature run the gamut from heroism to humor

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4 Up-- Quayle's exquisite collection of ten exciting tales is surely destined to become a standard source of Japanese folktales. Even with the glut of fairy tale and folktale collections on the market, a volume as thoroughly researched and finely executed as this deserves its place on the shelf. Familiar tales such as "Momotaro--The Peach Warrior" and "The Tongue-cut Sparrow" are included, as well as the lesser known but nonetheless wonderful "The Shining Princess" and "The Matsuyama Mirror." Quayle's selections explore all the wonder of the Japanese folk tradition as well as reveal surprising similarities to many Western tales. A distant cousin of Brer Rabbit appears in "The White Hare and the Crocodiles," and "The Ogre of Rashomon" will undoubtedly remind readers of Grendel and Beowulf. Each tale is sure to enthrall read-aloud audiences as well as independent readers. Foreman's remarkable watercolors, perfectly suited to each text, complete the package. Vibrant colors and watery shapes beautifully reflect the art of the East, and even the occasional black-and-white illustration doesn't disappoint the eye. His ogres and monsters are the things of which nightmares are made, and his amusing monkey, dog, and pheasant are apt companions for a boy warrior. A collection that's a more than worthy substitute for Virginia Haviland's classic Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Japan (Little, 1967; o.p.). --Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
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