Issun Bôshi

Issun Bôshi

The One-inch Boy

Book - 2014
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This classic Japanese fairy tale tells the story of Issun Boshi, the tiny son of an old, long childless couple. Tiny and brave--these are the two most striking characteristics of Issun Boshi. His mother had longed to have a child for so many years that she finally added "even if it is a very small one" to her wish. When the elderly couple did in fact bear a son, he turned out to be only one inch high. He was thus called Issun Boshi, Japanese for one-inch boy. Although his parents raised him very lovingly, Issun Boshi realized one day that he would not grow any taller. He then left his home to set off on a journey to find his place in the world. Because he saw himself as a swordfighter, a samurai, he made sure to take along the right equipment: a needle was his sword, a soup bowl was his boat, and a chopstick was its rudder. As in any proper fairy tale, Issun Boshi is tested in several adventures. He handles himself so bravely that, in the end, he is rewarded with just the right princess.
Publisher: Berlin :, Little Gestalten,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9783899557183
Branch Call Number: J 398. 20952 ISS
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 34 cm
Additional Contributors: Icinori (Publishing studio)


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Sep 23, 2017

The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. I had to look at it a few times before reading it. The colours are stunning. It's a re-telling of the Japanese fairy tale, about a one inch boy and his adventures. He rescues the damsel in distress from an ogre with a needle instead of a sword, but Issun Boshi is a true hero, despite his tiny size. It has a happy ending.

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