A TALE OF TWO TENGU by Karen Kawamoto McCoy


A Japanese Folktale
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
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 Kenji and Joji are tengu--``goblins with long, lovely noses''--who constantly compete by extending them to huge lengths. While Kenji stays on his mountain, his nose follows a fragrance to Lord Nakamura's mansion, where a princess, thinking the nose is a pole, hangs kimonos on it--as Kenji discovers when he retracts it. When Joji tries the same stunt, the children swing from his nose--and are painfully bumped when he hastily pulls it back. Again, the rivals vie to see ``who snares the best prize,'' but by now Lord Nakamura has a score to settle. His servants tie the mysterious ``poles'' together in a knot--to which the tengu are pulled when they try to snap their noses back. Once disentangled, they agree to be friends--and ``almost never'' argue ``about whose nose is more wonderful.'' Fossey's delicate art, enhanced with brightly appealing color, is an excellent complement to McCoy's lively retelling of a tale that comes from her own childhood tradition. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8075-7748-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1993