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Tasty Baby Belly Buttons Paperback – March 13, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (March 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440417384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440417385
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Those nasty oni are at it again, tromping through the village in search of their favorite delicacy--baby belly buttons. But the giant ogres, with their red and green faces, horns, and sharp teeth, have no idea what they're getting into when they cross Uriko-hime. This remarkable little girl is furious at the audacity of the oni, and she is determined to fight back. (Luckily for her, she was born from a melon, and therefore has no navel!) With the help of her trusty dog, a bag of delicious millet dumplings, and a pheasant and a monkey she picks up along the way, Uriko stomps off to find the monsters and the kidnapped babies. This retelling of one of Japan's most popular folktales is sure to enchant every belly-button-sporting reader in the family. Pitching small against big, brain against brawn, this is a uniquely satisfying endeavor, especially for the underdogs of the world. Meilo So's gorgeous Japanese-style illustrations (also seen in The Beauty of the Beast) provide unusual and pleasing perspectives, looking from below up the mean oni's nostrils, for example. Readers may spend hours lost in the exquisite patterns of the clothing or the rich colors of the pheasant. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

"This retelling of a Japanese fairy tale [in which a girl who is born from the middle of a watermelon has no belly button] is full of sweetness and stars an engaging pint-size heroine," said PW. "Irresistible watercolors effectively combine traditional elements of Japanese paintings with modern girl-power." Ages 5-8.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Templeton on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a Japanese language teacher in a Primary school, I have always shared the story of Momotaro with my students who are really fascinated with the oni (demons) and Momotaro's bravery and kindness. I was thrilled to find this new reworking of the traditional story with a female "hero" who was born from a large melon rather than a peach, and sets off to Onigashima to rescue the babies from the oni, accompanied by the dog, pheasant and the monkey, all sustained of course by the famous kibidango. A really enjoyable and fun read-aloud and a good teaching tool for comparing traditional stories with reworkings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a fourth grade teacher, I plan to use this book as an introduction to folklore. It is especially appealing to find a book with an Asian heroine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By storygirl on January 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
The story of the cute, spunky heroine Uriko-hime who was born from a melon will surely delight children of all ages. It is actually a retelling of the Japanese folktale Momotaro. Judy Sierra's narration is lovely. Tontoko-tontoko--I could hear Uriko-hime's wooden sandals. And Meilo So's illustrations are a real eye-candy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 3-year old loved this book after the first reading. If your child likes belly buttons, he or she will love this book and will soon be running around the house chanting: "Belly Button, Belly Buttons, Tasty Baby Belly Buttons."
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It's a superb Japanese fairy tale that cries to be told. Children will giggle and chant the refrain with the teller/reader.
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