Review! Once Upon a Time in Japan translated by Roger Pulvers & Juliet Winters Carpenter

oncejapanOnce Upon a Time in Japan

Translated by Roger Pulvers & Juliet Winters Carpenter

Illustrated by various artists

120 pages – ages 7+

Published by Tuttle Publishing on November 3, 2015

Synopsis- If you like cultural fairytales, then this is the book for you! With eight well-known fables from Japan, you actually learn of the essence of the small country through the actions of humans, personalities of animals, and the mysteries of magic.

What I Thought- I really like the layout of this book. It is really a beautiful book. The fact that there are different illustrators for each story is awesome, as they make each story even more unique. I like the variety of the tales selected. It makes it an enjoyable read. While the book is a bit long for reading at one time, you can just read one of the folktales. The organization of this book is done very well. It is really cool that there is a free audio CD with the book. That makes it perfect for car rides.

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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12 replies

  1. This sounds like a lovely book. I love the Japanese culture and I’m sure this book would be a great addition to any library. Great way to teach kids about Japan.

  2. I have a book of mythology for Japan so this sounds like it we be an enjoyable addition to my library. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Erik! I’m passing this on to my daughter. Her husband is half Japanese, and their children speak both English and Japanese. I think they’ll appreciate this book. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  4. I love the cover. This book sounds awesome.

  5. This looks lovely. I always enjoy Japanese art and culture.

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