The Perfect Sword

The Perfect Sword

Book - 2008
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After a Japanese master swordmaker and his apprentice craft the perfect sword, they search high and low for someone worthy of it. The book includes an author's note about samurai swords and a glossary of Japanese terms.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2008.
ISBN: 9781570916977
Branch Call Number: Z GOT
Characteristics: [42] p. : col. ill.


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Jul 12, 2017

All my kids (ages 12-5 yrs old) loved this story. It is set in ancient Japan. A sword maker makes a perfect sword and looks for a worthy samurai. Great discussion for character traits.

Sep 14, 2015

My son’s eyes got really big when I pulled this out of the library shelf, and we had to bring it home. How could this cover not catch your eye? Goto’s paintings are absolutely gorgeous, with a gravity to them that goes with the story. His book is about what qualities make a person truly great, learned by a swordmaker’s apprentice who watches his master evaluate candidates for ownership of the sword. If you need a bedtime book about samurai and swords, this is the one.

forbesrachel Apr 06, 2013

Set in the Tokugawa shogunate, many Japanese ideals are expressed as the swordmaker looks for someone worthy of his latest sword. The images reflect on the nature of each man, as the "bad" guys are more comically represented. Included in the back is more information on Japanese swordmaking, and a list of definitions for certain words.

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Jul 12, 2017

cbennison thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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