THREE SAMURAI CATS by Eric A. Kimmel

THREE SAMURAI CATS

A Story from Japan
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Zen stories are difficult for the uninitiated to grasp and this adaptation of a Japanese folktale by prolific reteller Kimmel is no exception. The thoughtful reader may gain some insight into the quiet workings of a Zen master’s teachings. Others may simply enjoy the humorous pictures of the dogs and cats in medieval Japanese costumes, who enliven Gerstein’s panels in this comic book–like format, without quite understanding the point of the story. A daimyo, a powerful lord in the shape of a large canine, begs the chief monk cat at a faraway shrine to find a solution to his trying problem: a rat trying to eat him out of house and home. Two vigorous young samurai cats arrive, fight, and fail. The third samurai cat, ragged and old, uses nonviolence to trick the rat into leaving of his own accord. A sophisticated story designed to stimulate unconventional thinking. (author’s note) (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-8234-1742-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2003




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