Nicely retold from secondary sources, ten traditional tales--including such well-known stories as ""The Tongue-cut Sparrow""...

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THE SHINING PRINCESS AND OTHER JAPANESE LEGENDS

Nicely retold from secondary sources, ten traditional tales--including such well-known stories as ""The Tongue-cut Sparrow"" and ""Momotaro--the Peach Warrior""; two tenderly evocative Cinderella variants (""The Matsuyama Mirror"" and ""The Wooden Bowl""); and a trickster tale (""The White Hare and the Crocodiles"") with an unusal denouement. While Quayle's western filter is sometimes apparent, these lively, well-intentioned retellings are appealing and do deliver the flavor of the originating culture. The excellent illustrations, in both full color and b&w pen and ink, provide a pleasant setting. Good for large comparative folk-tale collections, reading aloud, and storytelling.

Pub Date: Oct. 30, 1989

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 111

Publisher: Arcade--dist. by Little Brown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1989