THE CHILD IN THE BAMBOO GROVE by Rosemary Harris

THE CHILD IN THE BAMBOO GROVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An old Japanese legend tells of a bamboo cutter who finds a baby girl in the forest and raises her lovingly and lavishly with the gold that mysteriously appears as well. When the girl grows up her surpassing beauty attracts all manner of suitors, but she evades even the five most persistent by setting them impossible tasks -- until at last a visit from the smitten emperor himself precipitates her return to her real father, the sun, leaving behind an undying elixir which bums still on the summit of Fuji-yama. Le Cain's decorative pictures, made to resemble old Japanese screens and scroll paintings (even to the predominantly ocher backgrounds), suit Rosemary Harris' respectful retelling, but the remote tone, and unfocused viewpoint, obscure motivation are likely to make this an elegant shelf sitter.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1972
Publisher: S.G. Phillips