Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Bamboo Cutter's Tale by Sayumi Kawauchi

The first bilingual book in our little classroom library, this book tells the story of a bamboo-cutter who finds a small girl in in a bamboo stick sheathed in light. He takes her home and he and his wife care for her. Soon she grows into a beautiful young maiden and men from all of the country want to marry her. However, she has no desire to marry and leave her loving parents. As time progresses she tells them she must return to the moon. This book has a mix of  full colour plate illustrations and also some black and white ones.The Japanese translation accompanies the text. This is not a demanding read and story is enchanting.

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