Once Upon a Time in Japan (Book & MP3) (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/9/22
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NHK国際放送局の『NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN』で放送されたプログラム"Once Upon a Time in Japan"が絵本になりました!
When wily animals, everyday people and magical beings come together in a collection of Japanese fairytales, wonderful things are bound to happen!
Bringing Japanese folk stories to the English-speaking world, this book presents eight stories from the popular NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation's popular radio series Once Upon a Time in Japan. Each story is brilliantly illustrated by a talented Japanese artist. The tales recounted here are among Japan's oldest and most beloved stories. Entertaining and filled with subtle folk wisdom, these retold stories have been shared countless times in Japanese homes and schools for generations. Like good stories from every time and place, they never grow old. Kids (and their parents!) will enjoy hearing these stories read aloud on the accompanying CD.
"I really like the layout of this book. It is really a beautiful book. The fact that there are different illustrators for each story is awesome, as they make each story even more unique. I like the variety of the tales selected. It makes it an enjoyable read. While the book is a bit long for reading at one time, you can just read one of the folktales. The organization of this book is done very well. It is really cool that there is a free audio CD with the book. That makes it perfect for car rides. I give this book five out of five bookworms." This Kid Reviews Books blog
"The moral lessons in these tales are universal and should transcend the reader's age…reading this book leads to a discovery about the nature of old folktales: A sprinkling of cruelty and weirdness help engrave moral lessons deeper on the minds of readers." —The Japan News
"The overall quality of production matches the care taken in narrative choices and imagery. The stories and artwork work very well together and will likely delight young readers, particularly when read aloud." —Booklist
"The traditional beliefs of long ago come alive through the work of several artists." —Skipping Stones magazine
"Once Upon a Time in Japan is an ideal introduction to Japanese folktales…the publication's beautiful layout showcases a variety of award-winning Japanese illustrators." —The Japan Times
"Each double-page spread is a marvelous blend of simply resonating text and dynamic wondrous art." —Smithsonian Book Dragon
"This collection has a very nice variety to the stories and are going to surprise readers if they are unaccustomed to Japanese myths and tales … Readers will be fascinated by different takes on some familiar ideas as they are introduced to ancient stories from a culture with which they may not be familiar. A CD of the stories being read is included." —Manhattan Book Review
"The illustrations in this book are very pretty and nice, and some are like Japanese paintings. The stories are like fables and like fairy tales. Some of them are a lot like other stories that you may already know, like there is one that is about a magic mill that explains why the sea is salty. […] If you are interested in fairy tales and fables, you will like reading these stories from a different land." —San Diego Book Review
What I Thought- I really like the layout of this book. It is really a beautiful book. The fact that there are different illustrators for each story is awesome, as they make each story even more unique. I like the variety of the tales selected. It makes it an enjoyable read. While the book is a bit long for reading at one time, you can just read one of the folktales. The organization of this book is done very well. It is really cool that there is a free audio CD with the book. That makes it perfect for car rides.
*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review