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  1. 4 out of 5

    Roxana Chirilă

    A nice collection of Japanese fairy tales, "Japanese Children's Favorite Stories" is nicely illustrated for young readers. (And, at least in the case of the Romanian version, it's also adapted - there's a reference to Momotaro being sent by God to a childless elderly couple so he could be their son; I somehow doubt that the fairy tale has Christian tones in the original.) Mostly, it contains what you'd expect - good is rewarded and evil is punished. However, I couldn't help but notice a few trend A nice collection of Japanese fairy tales, "Japanese Children's Favorite Stories" is nicely illustrated for young readers. (And, at least in the case of the Romanian version, it's also adapted - there's a reference to Momotaro being sent by God to a childless elderly couple so he could be their son; I somehow doubt that the fairy tale has Christian tones in the original.) Mostly, it contains what you'd expect - good is rewarded and evil is punished. However, I couldn't help but notice a few trends: the characters tend to be either poor commoners, or animals, never princes or nobles. Also, having a good heart, even to the point of naivety, is generally a good thing, while being clever and tricking others is frowned upon (no tricksters here!). A few stories are also less concerned with morals, and more concerned with the fun of exchanging one thing for another, a more valuable one, until you the protagonist ends up with treasure after starting with a mere trifle. I think I'd've loved it when I was a kid - it feels a bit repetitive when you're an adult, though.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Lynn

    This was a great collection of stories and tales. I had never read any of these tales before and found them really enjoyable. Most of the stories had some sort of "moral" to them and it was interesting to see how the morals were interwoven into the stories and how they compared to other stories/tales I've read growing up that are supposed to "teach a moral." Overall these were fun, short stories that could be read again or a few as some before bed tales. I read it all in one sitting so it was a This was a great collection of stories and tales. I had never read any of these tales before and found them really enjoyable. Most of the stories had some sort of "moral" to them and it was interesting to see how the morals were interwoven into the stories and how they compared to other stories/tales I've read growing up that are supposed to "teach a moral." Overall these were fun, short stories that could be read again or a few as some before bed tales. I read it all in one sitting so it was a quick read for me, but I imagine it would be a longer read if reading the stories out loud to someone. Either way, a nice overall read that I'd recommend reading at least once.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Lambert-Maberly

    A special book from my childhood, loved it. Grandma brought it back from her trip to Japan. The stories were delightful, and the artwork astonishingly beautiful. I've read it time and time again, and recommend it wholeheartedly, it's lovely. (Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I gr A special book from my childhood, loved it. Grandma brought it back from her trip to Japan. The stories were delightful, and the artwork astonishingly beautiful. I've read it time and time again, and recommend it wholeheartedly, it's lovely. (Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This is a charming book of Japanese children’s stories that have been passed down for many generations. The stories teach honesty, humility, generosity, kindness, and other virtues. My personal favorite is “Little One-Inch” because the story is about how someone small in size (He is really one-inch tall.) has a huge heart and uses his wits when he goes out to the great big world.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette

    Lovely book, nice illustations.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    We loved this book! The pictures are great.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    So much better than the traditional Indian stories I read recently!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Echavarria

    Mixed set of storiea Mixed set of stories.... some very short and pointless. A few were good and meaningful. Unlike other stories from the same publisher

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    One of my cherished books from childhood.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becca Altimier

    Our absolute favorite stories to read. This book (and it's sequel) were gifts from an aunt who lives in Japan. Beautiful images. Our absolute favorite stories to read. This book (and it's sequel) were gifts from an aunt who lives in Japan. Beautiful images.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A nice assortment of Fairy Tales from Japan. My four year old son enjoyed hearing them read aloud at bed time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Really cute but some problematic gender stuff that could probably be easily switched.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    Simply delightful stories! The boys and I enjoyed this immensely.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Catholic Mum

    My 5 year old wanted me to read this first every day!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    20 Japanese folk tales, well-known and popular in Japan and often told to Japanese children, are presented here in English, with colour illustrations. Some of the stories don't seem logical, while with others it's hard to understand what the point is. This is partly because Japanese folktales often don't follow Western ideas of logic and some really don't seem to have a point, or moral (though most do). But it's also partly down to these particular retellings, and better versions can be found els 20 Japanese folk tales, well-known and popular in Japan and often told to Japanese children, are presented here in English, with colour illustrations. Some of the stories don't seem logical, while with others it's hard to understand what the point is. This is partly because Japanese folktales often don't follow Western ideas of logic and some really don't seem to have a point, or moral (though most do). But it's also partly down to these particular retellings, and better versions can be found elsewhere, though not always for children and not always in English. However, this is a good, well-selected collection, and for the most part well-told and engaging. A worthwhile read for anybody interested in Japanese or Asian folk tales, in folk tales in general, or in opening up a fairytale world to their child which offers a startling alternative to Aesop, Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. A second volume also exists.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Penrose

    This book is full of stories that encourage kindness and thoughfulness. The stories encourage a child to be humble and tidy. They teach one to be respectful of the world around them and the people and animals in it. The only thing that would make this book shine brighter would be more illustrations...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yundehap

    I took this book from the shelf because I was captured by its beautiful and cute illustrations. As I read the content I was so glad because most of the stories brought me back to my childhood. At that time I read a lot tales or stories books from other countries. One my favorite is stories from Japan. Thanks to Florence Sakade and Yoshisuke Kurosaki.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Elyse

    I really wish I had read more of these stories as a child when my parents first gave me this book. The ones I had read were familiar and very fun to revisit. The ones I hadn’t read were also fun, but the lack of nostalgia had me nitpicking the writing style. While the stories are great, the writing was something to be desired, probably because of the “lost in translation” factor.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Winna

    Lagi kepengen baca folklore Jepang aja. 20 fairy tales from Japan, including Momotaro, Kakek penumbuh bunga and a few other famous ones along with the ones I have never heard before. Nice illustrations!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This book was such fun to read with the kids. Esther pulled it out every morning and asked for a story. There are interesting and exciting stories geared for children, but with important lessons and morals for people of all ages.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    I randomly came across this on my library's Overdrive, feeling nostalgic I checked it out. Having read a lot of Japanese folk tales in Japanese, this was actually well translated for children. Cute illustrations and a decent selection of children's stories, each with a little moral at the end. I randomly came across this on my library's Overdrive, feeling nostalgic I checked it out. Having read a lot of Japanese folk tales in Japanese, this was actually well translated for children. Cute illustrations and a decent selection of children's stories, each with a little moral at the end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This was a great way for me to learn about the Japanese culture and also expand my fairy tale collection. Worth looking into.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MrsQ

    I loved this book as a kid.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stven

    A fine collection of quick folktales, nicely illustrated in this third edition of the classic book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Classic Japanese folk tales I remember fondly from my childhood.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A great book filled with many children's stories. A great book filled with many children's stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiamat_the_red

    I remember reading this as a kid and liking it but I can't remember the details. I'll re-review when I've had a chance to re-read it. I remember reading this as a kid and liking it but I can't remember the details. I'll re-review when I've had a chance to re-read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    I love this so much. Thanks, Shushusan!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Very nice collection and well illustrated. These stories are definitely "kid friendly." Very nice collection and well illustrated. These stories are definitely "kid friendly."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tobias

    First (non-board) book that I read cover to cover with my infant son. Funny and cheerful stories - I'm sure we'll be reading this one again. First (non-board) book that I read cover to cover with my infant son. Funny and cheerful stories - I'm sure we'll be reading this one again.

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