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The Bamboo Cutter & the Moon Maiden: A Japanese Folk Tale Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-08 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:1933317396
LANGUAGE:English

"Yes, this picture book is amazing. The last few pages had me in tears. How often does that happen with any kind of book?
I originally sought this book after seeing the movie, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The book delivers the emotional punch in 3o pages that the movie does in 3 hours.
Illustrations are one of the main draws for me in picture books and this one does not disappoint. I appreciate the inclusion of notes from the illustrator.
This is a great book to read to your children or just by yourself, as I do.
" said.

"The Bamboo Cutter & the Moon Maiden is based on an old Japanese Folk tale, Kaguya Hime (as I remember it or The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). I think this particular retelling was made to be more kid-friendly than the one I remember, certain events happened differently (or not happening at all). The main points (generally) stayed the same (with the most notable exception being the explanation about Fuji Yama). I'm not sure why some of the names (for the princes) appeared as such, or why a "forgetful" potion was used instead of staying true to the original (and by "original" I mean the one I originally remember) - so these things kind of bothered me, but not in a huge way.

What really set this story apart was not necessarily the story itself (at least not for me). It was the artwork. The illustrations, while perhaps not historically or culturally accurate (I can't be certain, I'm no expert - but I don't necessarily expect them to be either) they were still beautiful, colorful, eye catching and detailed. I also enjoyed the use both visually and symbolically of the bamboo borders (on the pages featuring one of the five princes in their attempts to fulfill their task). This book is worth going through for the illustrations alone. I don't expect books geared towards children to hold true to their original form (The Little Mermaid, anyone?), so if those familiar with the tale keep that in mind it's a fair introduction to the tale of Kaguya Hime.
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