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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 47 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller Inc. (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807615528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807615522
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,153,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3-8–For centuries, Japanese storytellers have recounted how Momotaro, the baby found inside a peach and raised by a childless couple, grew up to defeat a tribe of thieving ogres. Kano Naganobu (1775-1828), an official painter for the Shogun, depicted Momotaro's exploits on a pair of silk handscrolls. Wada has retold Peach Boy's adventures to accompany reproductions of scenes from those scrolls. The result is a handsome book that will invite older children to see this beloved story through Japanese eyes. The delicate watercolors depict the hero and his animal helpers against mist-shrouded backdrops of mountain and sea. All of the characters are small, moving through vast open spaces. Even the ogres are dwarfed by the landscape; they are presented as not-so-fearsome beings who repent their ways and voluntarily return their ill-gotten treasure. An afterword provides information about the artist and explains why the tale remains so popular. This title is not a substitute for versions aimed at younger readers, but it is an excellent supplement where authentic Japanese material is needed.–Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
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Gr. 2-4. Nineteenth-century silk handscrolls, painted by master Naganobu and housed in the New York Public Library's Spencer Collection, illustrate this handsome retelling of a much-loved Japanese folktale. The story bears similarities to American tall tales of heroic strongmen: an infant emerges from a peach, is dubbed Momotaro (Peach Boy) by his foster parents, and grows into a remarkable, ogre-defeating hero. Possibilities for group sharing are limited, as the handscroll segments have been scaled down to the dimensions demanded by the book's particular design and format, and the lengthy text tends to overwhelm the delicate art. Still, children unfamiliar with the story will find the text a useful gloss on the artwork. In a postscript, art historian Wada explains the symbolism of the paintings and talks about how the art was originally appreciated (the experience of viewing scrolls was "much like that of watching a movie"). Use this with Judy Sierra's Tasty Baby Belly Buttons (2003), an adaptation of the Peach Boy story with a girl as the main character, or as art-class inspiration. Jennifer Mattson
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"Momotarô-san, Momotarô-san

Please give me one of those

Millet dumplings you're carryiing.

I'd gladly give one to you

If you'll go along with me

To conquer the ogres!"

Momotarô is a popular hero from Japanese folklore and the above verse is from a Japanse folk song about his famous exploits. His name literarly means Peach Tarô (Momo meaning Peach and Tarô meaning the eldest son, ergo Momotarô is often translated as Peach Boy). This is because the popular story of Momotarô, which dates from the Edo period, tells of this extraoridnary boy coming down to earth inside a large, golden peach. He is raised by his adoptive parents and grows to be stronger and wiser than his elders. Then when he is fifteen he sets off to battle the evil ogres that have been terrorizing and robbing the people of the region for such a long time.

"Momotarô and the Island of Ogres" is told by Stephanie Wada and follows the young hero's arrival and his upbringing by the old couple. To bring good to his parents and to other people, Momotarô decides to defeat the terrible ogres of Onigashima and begins his journey carrying some of the kibi-dango (millet dumplings) that are his favorite food. Along the way he picks up a large spotted dog, a monkey, and a pheasant who join him in his quest. The rest of the story is devoted to their journey to Onigahsima and the great battle in which they defeat the blue, red and gren ogres and return home in triumph.

As interesting as the story is the big treat here are the exquisite handscroll paintings by the Japanese artist Kano Naganobu (1775-1828) that illustrate the tale. Naganobu painted in ink, colors, and gold on silk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly J. Fauman on August 5, 2005
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This is a classic Japanese legend, which is told with illustrations from an old scroll. The illustrations are wonderful, and the story is a lot of fun.
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What a beautiful book! I have always loved the story of Momotaro (Peach Boy) and the wonderful paintings by Kano Naganobu add another dimension to the story. It is just exquisite!
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