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The Adventure of Momotaro, The Peach Boy (Kodansha Bilingual Children's Classics)

Retold by Ralph F. McCarthy; illustrations by Ioe Saito; Kodansha International, small-format edition, 2000

In bilingual text (English and Hiragana); the English is not a direct translation of the Japanese, but rather a retelling of the same story in verse form; with helpful notes at the back; Age 4+; HC $9.95

 

Aesop's Fox 

Retold and illustrated by Aki Sogabe; Harcourt Brace & Co., 1999

Several fables from Aesop are adapted and woven into a story about the adventures of a fox; HC $16.00

 

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Written by Shigeru Kayano; illustrated by Kinji Ishikura; R.I.C. Publications, 2001

Originally published in Japanese as Ainu to Kitsune by Komine Shoten Publishers, this is a tale that has been handed down by the Ainu over many generations with a message to listen to the voice of nature and turn away from selfish behavior; HC $13.95

 

All the Colors of the Earth

By Sheila Hamanaka; William Morrow & Co., 1994

 Reveals in verse that despite outward differences, children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable;  HC $16.99; pb $5.99

 

Allison

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997

When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcome discovery with the help of a stray cat; HC $17.00; pb $6.95 

 

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Written and illustrated by Akiko Hayashi; reprint R.I.C. Publications (1989)

Amy's toy fox and lifelong friend, Ken, has split his arm; together they take the train to Grandma's to get repaired; HC with audio CD $17.95

 

Babies

By Gyo Fujikawa; Penguin Group, 1977

boardbook $4.99

 

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Baseball Saved Us

By Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee;  Lee & Low Books, Inc., 1993

A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during WWII; his acquired skill helps him after the war; 1993 Parent's Choice Award; Ages 4-8; HC $16.95; pb $7.95

 

Basho and the Fox

By Tim Myers; illustrated by Oki S. Han; Marshall Cavendish, 2000

A famous Japanese poet is challenged by a fox to create his best haiku; A Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2000; An Irma Simonton Black Honor Book, 2000; Ages 4+; HC $15.95; pb $5.95

 

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By Tim Myers; illustrated by Oki S. Han; Marshall Cavendish, 2004

Tricked by a fox into giving up his share of cherries, a famous Japanese poet is inspired to write a haiku and the fox, ashamed of his actions, must devise another trick to set things right; HC $16.95

 

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By Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee; Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2006

A biography of Bruce Lee focusing on his early years in Hong Kong, where he discovered martial arts and began developing the physical and mental skills that led to his career as a legendary martial artist and film star; Ages 4+; HC $16.95

 

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The Bicycle Man

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1982

The amazing tricks two American soldiers do on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan; Ages 4-8; HC $16.00; pb $5.95

 

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Blue Jay In The Desert 

By Marlene Shigekawa; illustrated by Isao Kikuchi; Polychrome Publishing Corp., 1993

While living in a relocation camp during WWII, a young Japanese American boy receives a message of hope from his grandfather; Ages 4+; HC $14.95

 

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Boy of the Three-Year Nap 

By Dianne Snyder; illustrated by Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1988

A poor Japanese woman maneuvers events to change the lazy habits of her son; A Caldecott Honor Book; Ages 4-8; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

 

The Boy Who Drew Cats

Adapted by Margaret Hodges; illustrated by Aki Sogabe; Holiday House, 2002

This story of a young boy's obsession with drawing cats recounts the legend of the 15th century artist Sesshu Toyo; Ages 5+; HC $16.95

 

The Bracelet 

By Yoshiko Uchida; illustrated by Joanna Yardley; Philomel Books, 1993

Emi, a Japanese American in second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during WWII, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship; HC $16.99; pb $6.99

 

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Butterflies for Kiri

By Cathryn Falwell; Lee & Low Books, 2003

Kiri, a Japanese American girl who loves to draw and paint, tries to use the origami set she received for her birthday; includes instructions for making an origami butterfly; HC $16.95

 

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A Carp For Kimiko 

By Virginia Kroll; illustrated by Katherine Roundtree; Charlesbridge Publishing, 1993

Although the tradition is to present carp kites only to boys on Children's Day, Kimiko's parents find a way to make the day special for her; Age 4-8; pb $7.95

 

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Chibi: A True Story From Japan

By Barbara Brenner and Julia Takaya; illustrated by June Otani; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996

A captivating and suspenseful true story of a duck family in Tokyo; pb $7.95

 

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Chopsticks From America 

By Elaine Hosozawa-Nagano; illustrated by Masayuki Miyata;  Polychrome Publishing Corp., 1994

When their family moves to Japan, two Japanese American children find that they need to make a lot of adjustments; 1996 Parents Choice Award; Ages 8+; HC $16.95

 

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Cool Melons-- Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa 

By Matthew Gollub; illustrations by Kazuko G. Stone; Lee and Low Books, 1998

A biography and introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet whose love for nature finds expression in the more than thirty poems included in this book; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

 

Count Your Way Through Japan

By Jim Haskins; illustrated by Martin Skoro

The Japanese numbers for one to ten are used to introduce concepts about Japan and its culture.
Ages 4-8; pb $5.95

 

The Crane Wife

Retold by Odds Bodkin; illustrated by Gennady Spirin; Harcourt Inc., 1998

The retelling of the traditional Japanese tale about a poor sail maker who gains a beautiful but mysterious wife skilled at weaving magical sails; Ages 5+; pb $6.00

 

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Crow Boy

By Taro Yashima;  Viking Penguin, 1955

A young boy's apparent peculiarities blossom under the nourishing guidance of his teacher; A Caldecott Honor Book; Ages 4+; HC $17.99; pb $5.99

 

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By Miriam Chaikin; illustrated by Hiroe Nakata; Henry Holt & Co., 2002

Evocative poems in the haiku tradition capture the wonders and beauty of nature with whimsical illustrations; HC $16.95

 

Dumpling Soup

By Jama Kim Rattigan; illustrated by Lillian Hsu-Flanders; Little, Brown and Co., 1993

This New Year's Eve, for the first time, Marisa gets to help her grandmother make the traditional dumpling soup for their family.  Set in Hawaii, this story celebrates the joyful mix of foods, customs, and languages from many cultures; winner of New Voices, New World award; pb $6.95

 

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El Chino

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1990

A biography of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who became a famous bullfighter in Spain; HC $16.00; pb $6.95

 

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Emma's Rug

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996

A young artist finds that her creativity comes from within when the rug that she had always relied upon for inspiration is destroyed; American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

 

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The Empty Pot

By Demi; Henry Holt & Co., 1990

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

 

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Erika-san

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2009

After falling in love with Japan as a little girl, Erika becomes a teacher and fulfills her childhood dream by moving to a remote Japanese island; HC $17.00

 

Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People and War

By Yukio Tsuchiya; illustrated by Ted Lewin; translated by Tomoko Tsuchiya Dykes;  Houghton Mifflin Co., 1988

This story recounts the shortened lives of three elephants in a Tokyo zoo during WWII, focusing on the pain shared by the elephants and the keepers who must starve them; Ages 6-10; HC $16.00; pb $6.95

 

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Written by Yoriko Tsutsui; illustrated by Akiko Hayashi; reprint R.I.C. Publications (1979)

Naomi learns what it means to be a big sister when one day she's left to watch her little sister, Ellie for a few minutes; while Naomi is not looking, Ellie wanders off; HC with audio CD $12.95

 

First Book of Sushi

By Amy Wilson Sanger; Tricycle Press, 2001

Boardbook $6.95

 

Floating Lanterns & Golden Shrines(Celebrating Japanese Festivals)

By Rena Krasno; illustrated by Toru Sugita;  Pacific View Press, 2000

Describes a year of special celebrations in Japan, with historical and cultural information, including recipes, crafts, legends, and index; 2001 Benjamin Franklin Award; HC $19.95

 

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Flowers From Mariko

By Rick Noguchi and Deneen Jenks; illustrated by Michelle Reiko Kumata; Lee and Low Books, 2001

World War II is over and Mariko and her family are finally allowed to leave the camp.  But the transition back into society isn't easy.  Mariko's father longs to restart his gardening business, but his truck has been stolen.  The family moves to a trailer park, where Mariko sees her parents are worried and their spirits are low.  She has an idea to create happiness for her family by bringing gardening back into their lives; Ages 6+; HC $16.95

 

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By Kristine O'Connell George; illustrated by Lauren Stringer; Harcourt, Inc., 2005

A collection of poems that bring origami animals to life; Age 4+; HC $16.00

 

The Funny Little Woman

Retold by Arlene Mosel; pictures by Blair Lent; Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1972

Based on a tale by Lafcadio Hearn; Caldecott Medal Winner; ALA Notable Children's Book; Ages 4-8; pb $5.99

 

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Ghosts For Breakfast

By Stanley Todd Terasaki; illustrated by Shelly Shinjo; Lee and Low Books, Inc., 2002

A humorous ghost story set in a Japanese American farming community in the 1920s; winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award Honor; Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 2002; HC $16.95

 

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Written by Yoriko Tsutsui; illustrated by Akiko Hayashi; reprint R.I.C. Publications (1986)

When little Maya moved to a new town with her parents, she was very lonely and had no friends; but each day gifts mysteriously appeared through the mail slot; who could be delivering them? HC with audio CD $12.95

 

Girl From the Snow Country

By Masako Hidaka; translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum; Kane Miller Book Publishers, 1986

A little Japanese girl enjoys the falling snow as she makes snow bunnies and walks across the snowy fields with her mother to the village market; Ages 4-8; HC $13.95; pb $7.95

 

The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars 

Adapted by Jean Merrill; illustrated by Floyd Cooper; Putnam Berkeley, 1992

In this adaptation of an anonymous twelfth-century story, young Izumi resists social and family pressures as she befriends caterpillars and other socially unacceptable creatures; HC $16.99; pb $6.99

 

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Grandfather's Journey

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries; 1994 Caldecott Medal Winner; ALA Notable Book; A New York Best Illustrated Book; HC $16.95; pb $7.95

 

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Grass Sandals-The Travels of Basho

By Dawnine Spivake; illustrated by Demi

A simple retelling of the simple travels and observations of seventeenth-century Japanese poet, Basho Matsuo; includes samples of his haiku composed during his journeys; Ages 4+; HC $17.00 

 

The Greatest of All - A Japanese Folktale

Retold by Eric A. Kimmel; illustrated by Giora Carmi

A mouse father, in search of the mightiest husband for his daughter, approaches the emperor, the sun, a cloud, the wind, and a wall before the unexpected victor finally appears; Ages 4+; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

 

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Hachiko:  The True Story of a Loyal Dog

Written by Pamela S. Turner; illustrated by Yan Nascimbene; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004

Relates the true story of a dog who accompanied his master to and from a Tokyo train station for a year and, after his master died, continued to wait for him there every day for many years; HC $15.00; pb $6.99

 

Haiku Picturebook For Children

By Keisuke Nishimoto; illustrated by Kozo Shimizu; Heian International, 1998

An introduction to some of Japan's most famous haiku masters including Issa, Buson, Basho, and Chiyojo, among others; HC $14.95

 

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Hello Maggie!

By Shigeru Yabu; illustrated by Willie Ito; Yabitoon Books, 2007

Author, Shig Yabu recalls his experiences of WWII, when, at the age of 9, he and his family were relocated from San Francisco to Heart Mountain, Wyoming; pb $11.95

 

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Heroes 

By Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee; Lee & Low Books, 1995

Japanese American Donnie, whose playmates insist he be the "bad guy" in their war games, calls on his reluctant father and uncle to help him get away from that role; Ages 4+; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

 

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By Lynne Barasch; Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2007

The true story of a young girl's determination to follow her dream to be a sushi chef, traditionally a role for men only; HC $17.95

 

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Hiroshima No Pika

By Toshi Maruki; Lothrop;  Lee & Shepard Books, 1980

A retelling of a mother's account of what happened to her family during the Flash that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945; Mildred L. Batchelder Award; Jane Addams Peace Award; Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award; American Library Association Notable Book; HC $17.99

 

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Hokusai:  The Man Who Painted a Mountain

By Deborah Kogan Ray; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001

Biography of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849); includes chronology and selected bibliography; HC $18.00

 

Home of the Brave

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002

Following a kayaking accident, a man experiences the feelings of children interned during World War II and children on Indian reservations; HC $17.00

 

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How My Parents Learned to Eat

By Ina R. Friedman; illustrated by Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984

An American sailor courts a Japanese girl and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating. Selected as a Reading Rainbow Review Book
Ages 4-8; pb $5.95 

 

I Live in Tokyo

Written and illustrated by Mari Takabayashi; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001

Follow seven-year-old Mimiko through a year in Japan, learning about fun, food, and festivities; HC $16.00; pb $5.95

 

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In America's Shadow

By Kimberly Komatsu and Kaleigh Komatsu; Foreword by Kevin Starr; Essay by Mitchell T. Maki;  Thomas George Books, 2002

Amidst the turbulence of World War II with only one suitcase and one last goodbye, a young girl leaves everything behind and boards a train bound for a place called Manzanar; with striking black and white  photographs and glossary; HC $35.00

 

The Inch-High Samurai (Kodansha Bilingual Children's Classics)

Retold by Ralph F. McCarthy; illustrations by Shiro Kasamatsu; Kodansha International, small-format edtion, 2000

In bilingual text (English and Hiragana); the English is not a direct translation of the Japanese, but rather a retelling of the same story in verse form; with helpful notes at the back; HC $9.95

 

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The Invisible Seam

By Andy William Frew; illustrated by Jun Matsuoka; Moon Mountain Publishing, 2003

A Japanese girl apprenticed to a kimono- maker and entrusted with an important commission must overcome sabotage from jealous peers in order to keep a solemn promise that she will always do her best; HC $15.95

 

Is That Josie?

By Keiko Narahashi; Macmillan Publishing Co., 1994

Josie can be all kinds of animals, such as a cheetah running fast through the grass or a dolphin making waves in her bath; HC $14.95

 

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By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin, 2005

After many years of retirement, an old Kamishibai man-- a Japanese street performer who tells stories and sells candies -- decides to make his rounds once more even though such entertainment declined after the advent of television; age 4+; HC $17.00

 

Kintaro, The Nature Boy (Kodansha Bilingual Children's Classics)

Retold by Ralph F. McCarthy; illustrations by Suiho Yonai; Kodansha International, small-format edition, 2000

In bilingual text (English and Hiragana); the English is not a direct translation of the Japanese, but rather a retelling of the same story in verse form; with helpful notes at the back; HC $9.95

 

Kites:  Magic Wishes That Fly Up To The Sky

By Demi; Random House, 1999

Reveals the time-honored traditions behind kite flying and kite festivals in China; HC $17.00; pb $6.99

 

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By Demi; Simon and Schuster, 2007

HC $21.99

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Little Dog and Duncan

By Kristine O'Connell George; illustrated by June Otani; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002

Duncan is a very large overnight visitor; thirty short and playful poems narrated by the little girl observes the contrasts and similarities of the two canines; HC $12.00

 

Little Dog Poems 

By Kristine O'Connell George; illustrated by June Otani; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999

Short poems present a day in the life of a little dog and its owner; HC $12.00

 

Little Oh 

By Laura Krauss Melmed; illustrated by Jim La Marche; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1997

A mother tells her son the story of Little Oh, a girl made of paper who becomes separated from her human mother; Ages 4-8; HC $16.99

 

Long Is A Dragon:  Chinese Writing For Children

By Peggy Goldstein; Pacific View Press, 1991

Explains how Chinese writing developed and demonstrates how to write seventy-five Chinese characters, using detailed instructions and examples; HC $17.95

 

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The Lost Lake

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1989

A young boy and his father become closer friends during a camping trip in the mountains; Ages 4-8; HC $16.00; pb $6.95

 

The Magic Purse

Retold by Yoshiko Uchida; illustrated by Keiko Narahashi; Macmillan Publishing Co., 1993

After facing danger and demons to help a young woman, a poor farmer receives a magic purse that always refills itself with gold; HC $15.95

 

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Written by Yoriko Tsutsui; illustrated by Akiko Hayashi; reprint R.I.C. Publications (1976)

Five-year-old Miki is entrusted by Mom to run her first errand alone-- to go to the store to buy milk; Miki succeeds despite what are, to her, enormous challenges; HC with audio CD $11.95

 

The Moon Princess (Kodansha Bilingual Children's Classics)

Retold by Ralph F. McCarthy; illustrations by Kancho Oda; Kodansha Interntional, small-format edition, 2000

In bilingual text (English and Hiragana); the English is not a direct translation of the Japanese, but rather a retelling of the same story in verse form; with helpful notes at the back; HC $9.95

 

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By Tandy Newsome; illustrated by Don Robinson; Island Heritage Publishing, 2004

Mr. Miyataki is making a machine so marvelous that friends and neighbors from all over town are coming to help; but what does it do?  HC $15.00

 

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Music For Alice

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004

A Japanese American farmer recounts her agricultural successes and setbacks and her enduring love of dance.  Based on the true life story of Alice Sumida, who with her husband Mark established the largest gladiola bulb farm in the country during the last half of the twentieth century; HC $17.00

 

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Written by Yoriko Tsutsui; illustrated by Akiko Hayashi; reprint R.I.C. Publications (1983)

Naomi has a favorite doll which her little sister Ellie always loves to play with without permission; when Ellie goes to the hospital for an operation, Naomi prepares several presents including a very special gift; HC with audio CD $12.95

 

One Day In Japan With Hokusai

Text and picture selection by Julia Altmann; translated by Rosie Jackson; Prestel Verlag, 2001

An enlightening introduction to Japan's most famous artist and his work; HC $14.95

 

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One Leaf Rides The Wind

By Celeste Davidson Mannis; pictures by Susan Kathleen Hartung; Penguin Putnanm, 2002

In this collection of haiku poems, a young girl walks through a Japanese garden and discovers many delights, from one leaf to ten stone lanterns; includes notes about Japanese religion and philosophy; HC $15.99; pb $6.99

 

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By Tim Myers; illustrated by Ariel Ya-Wen Pang; Marshall Cavendish, 2007

HC $16.99

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A Pair of Red Clogs

By Masako Matsuno; illustrated by Kazue Mizumura; Purple House Press, 2002 (Penguin Putnam Books, 1960)

After a young Japanese girl cracks her new clogs playing the weather-telling game, she so longs for a new pair to replace them that she almost does a dishonest thing; Age 3+; HC $16.95

 

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The Park Bench 

By Fumiko Takeshita; illustrated by Mamoru Suzuki; translated by Ruth A. Kangy; First American Edition 1988, Kane Miller Books

All through the sunny day the white bench in the park provides pleasure for the many people who come by, from the old man taking a walk to the children playing in the park. Text in English and Japanese (hiragana); Ages 4-8;  pb $7.95

 

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Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story

By Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee; Afterword by Hiroki Sugihara; Lee and Low Books, 1997

In 1940, five-year old Hiroki Sugihara saw hundreds of Jewish refugees come to his father, the Japanese consul to Lithuania, with a desperate request: Could consul Sugihara write visas for them to escape the Nazi threat? Despite repeated denials from the Japanese government, Sugihara, with the support of his family, made the crucial decision that saved thousands of lives; Ages 5+; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

Go to Q&A with Ken Mochizuki regarding this book.

 

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By Margi Preus; illustrated by Hideko Takahashi; Henry Holt & Co., 2008

This story is based on the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell which celebrates peace between nations; Ages 4+; HC $16.95

 

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By Amy Lee-Tai; illustrations by Felicia Hoshino; Children's Book Press, 2006

While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during WWII, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend, plants sunflowers, and waits for them to grow; bilingual text, English and Japanese; HC $16.95

 

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The Rice Bowl

By Jeffery Scott Mio; illustrated by Ruby Tamiko Mio

An endearing, nurturing relationship between a young boy and his grandfather provides a powerful lesson; pb $12.00

 

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River Dream 

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1988

While sick in bed, a young boy opens a box from his uncle and embarks on a fantastical fishing trip; HC $14.95; pb $6.95

 

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By Kimiko Sakai; illustrated by Tomie Arai; Children's Book Press, 1990

Although at first Sachiko is upset when her grandmother no longer recognizes her, she grows to understand that they can still be happy together; pb $7.95

 

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Sadako

By Eleanor Coerr; illustrated by Ed Young; G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1993

Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy; An ALA Notable Book; An IRA Teachers' Choice Book; A Booklist Editors' Choice; HC $17.99; pb $6.99

 

Shibumi and the Kitemaker

By Mercer Mayer; Marshall Cavendish, 1999; All Ages; HC $18.95

 

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The Sign Painter

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000

An assignment to paint a large billboard in the desert changes the life of an aspiring artist; a haunting and provocative story of dreams and choices; HC $17.00

 

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By Naomi Kojima; Kane/Miller Book Publishers, First American Edition, 2006

From the jacket front flap:  "Take one older, not-so-wicket-anymore witch, add a slightly grumpy cat, and one large bucket of singing shijimi clams, and what you do NOT end up with, (no matter how hungry you are), is miso soup with clams..."; a story of friendship; HC $15.95

 

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By Betty Reynolds; Tuttle Publishing, 2000

HC $16.95; pb $12.95

 

The Stonecutter

Retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott

A retelling of the Japanese tale of a stonecutter's foolish longing for power; Ages 4-8; pb $5.99

 

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By Jon J. Muth; Scholastic Press, 2003

Three wise monks trick a frightened community into finding happiness by teaching them the magic of generosity; HC $16.95

 

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Stranger in the Mirror

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995

When a young Asian American boy who spends all of his time skateboarding wakes up one morning with the face of an old man, he has trouble convincing people that he is still himself; HC $16.95; pb $6.95

 

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Suki's Kimono

By Chieri Uegaki; illustrated by Stephane Jorisch; Kids Can Press, 2003

Suki's very favorite thing is her blue cotton kimono.  A gift from her obaachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother's visit over the summer.  And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school no matter what anyone says.  A story of a little girl with an independent spirit; HC $15.95; pb $5.95

 

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Sushi for Kids:  A Children's Introduction to Japan's Favorite Food

By Kaoru Ono; translated by Peter Howlett & Richard McNamara; Tuttle Publishing, 2003

Atsushi, who loves to eat sushi, takes a tour with the local sushi chef to Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market and learns many fascinating facts such as the origins of sushi and the types of fish that can be used for sushi; includes recipes; HC $10.95

 

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Retold and illustrated by Sunny Seki; East West Discovery Press, 2007

A retelling of how the popular Japanese symbol of good luck and prosperity, Maneki Neko or "Japanese Lucky Cat" or "Beckoning Cat" came to be; 2007 NAPPA Honor Award; HC $18.95

 

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By Katherine Paterson; illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; Penguin Books, 1990

A folktale of compassion and greed; pb $6.99

 

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Tanuki's Gift:  A Japanese Tale

By Tim Myers; illustrated by R. G. Roth; Marshall Cavendish, 2003

This is a story about friendship-- between a Buddhist priest and a tanuki who visits him every winter.  The tanuki brings firewood and little gifts.  The priest offers him shelter and listens to his stories.  But when the tanuki disappears to search for three pieces of gold, the priest discovers how much he values their friendship; HC $16.95

limited quantity available for $8.00 per copy. 

 

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Tea With Milk 

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999

After growing up near San Francisco, May returns with her parents to their native Japan, but she feels foreign and out of place; HC $17.00; pb $6.99

 

Ten Oni Drummers

By Matthew Gollub; illustrated by Kazuko G. Stone; Lee & Low Books, 2000

One by one, ten tiny oni, Japanese goblin-like creatures, grow larger and larger as they beat their drums on the sand chasing away bad dreams; HC $15.95

 

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Thanksgiving At Obaachan's

By Janet Mitsui Brown; Polychrome Publishing Corp., 1994

A Japanese American girl describes Thanksgiving at her grandmother's house; HC $15.95

 

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Three Samurai Cats:  A Story From Japan

Retold by Eric A. Kimmel; illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein; Holiday House, 2003

An adaptation of a Japanese folktale in which a feudal lord seeks a samurai cat to rid his castle of a savage rat, but soon discovers that violence is not always the best way to accomplish things; Age 4+; HC $17.95;pb $6.95

 

Toddler Two

By Anastasia Suen; illustrated by Winnie Cheon; Lee & Low Books, 2000

Boardbook $6.95

 

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Tokyo Friends 

By Betty Reynolds; Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1999

Ages 9-12; HC $12.95

 

Tree of Cranes 

By Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1991

A Japanese boy learns of Christmas when his mother decorates a pine tree with paper cranes; HC $17.95

 

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By Kimiko Kajikawa; illustrated by Ed Young; Philomel Books, 2009

The story of one man's personal sacrifice that saved hundreds of lives; an adaptation from Lafcadio Hearn's story "A Living God" (Gleanings in Buddha-Fields, 1897); HC $16.99

 

The Two Bullies

By Junko Morimoto; Random House, 1999

Two bullies, one from China and one from Japan, intimidate one another before meeting and never fight as a result; An ALA Notable Children's Book; Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year;  Ages 3-7; HC $17.00

 

Two Mrs. Gibsons

By Toyomi Igus; illustrated by Daryl Wells; Children's Book Press, 1996

The biracial daughter of an African American father and Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and her father's mother, two very different but equally loving women; featured on KCET's Storytime; Ages 3+; pb $7.95

 

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Umbrella

By Taro Yashima; Viking Penguin; 1958

Three-year-old Momo eagerly awaits the rainy day when she can use her new umbrella; A Caldecott Honor Book; HC $15.99; pb $6.99

 

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Under The Cherry Blossom Tree

Retold and illustrated by Allen Say; Houghton Mifflin Co., reissued 1997

A cherry tree growing from the top of the wicked landlord's head is the beginning of his misfortunes and a better life for the poor villagers; Ages 5-9; HC $15.00; pb $5.95

NOTE:  limited quantity of hardcover editions available for $8.00 each.

 

Urashima And The Kingdom Beneath the Sea (Kodansha's Bilingual Children's Classic Series)

Retold by Ralph F. McCarthy; illustrations by Shiro Kasamatsu; Kodansha International, 2000

A classic fairy tale retold in rhyming style; text in both English verse and Japanese (hiragana); HC $9.95

 

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Adapted From The Original Folktales By Robert B. Goodman and Robert A. Spicer; illustrated by George Suyeoka; Island Heritage Publishing, 2004

HC $16.00

 

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By Holly Thompson; illustrated by Kazumi Wilds; Shen's Books, 2007

Nanami has two grandmothers:  Baachan, who lives with her family in Japan, and Gram, who lives in Maine.  When Gram visits Japan for the first time, Baachan takes her and Nanami on a trip to the seaside to gather wakame, a long, curvy seaweed that floats near the shore.  By the end of the day, Nanami's two grandmothers discover they have much in common despite their differences and their vivid memories of WWII; HC $16.95

 

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The Warlord's Beads

By Virginia Walton Pilegard; illustrated by Nicolas Debon; Pelican Publishing Co., 2001

A boy attempts to help his father keep track of the warlord's treasures, resulting in the abacus; includes historical notes tracing the abacus to 14th century China; HC $14.95

 

The Warlord's Puzzle

By Virginia Walton Pilegard; illustrated by Nicolas Debon; Pelican Publishing Co., 2000

In this story of the Chinese tangram, a beautiful square tile is dropped and breaks into seven pieces, and a warlord offers a handsome reward to anyone who can put the pieces back together; HC $14.95

 

The Warrior and the Wise Man

Story and pictures by David Wisniewski; William Morrow & Co., 1989

An emperor gives his twin sons a quest to see which will rule his kingdom; Booklist Children's Editors' Choice; Ages 5+; pb $6.99

 

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The Way We Do It In Japan

By Geneva Cobb Iijima; illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye; Albert Whitman & Co., 2002

Gregory makes adjustments when his father's job requires they move from California to Japan; Age 5+; HC $14.95

 

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Welcome Home Swallows

By Marlene Shigekawa; illustrated by Isao Kikuchi; Heian International, 2001

In this sequel to Blue Jay in the Desert, Junior returns home after three years in a Poston, Arizona, internment camp  and welcomes home two uncles - one from the U.S. Army, the other from Tule Lake; HC $14.95

 

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Where Are You Going?  To See My Friend!

By Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura; Orchard Books, 2003

This bilingual picture book is a rhythmic representation of a special friendship; HC $19.95

 

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Yoko's Paper Cranes

By Rosemary Wells; Hyperion Press, 2001

A story of Yoko in California and her grandparents in Japan; Ages 3+; HC $15.99; pb $6.99

 

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Yum Yum Dim Sum

By Amy Wilson Sanger; Tricycle Press, 2003

Boardbook $6.95

 

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By Jon J. Muth; Scholastic Press, 2005

When Stillwater the bear moves into their neighborhood, three siblings learn to see the world in new ways; HC $16.95

 

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By Jon J. Muth; Scholastic Press, 2008

In this story of compassion and friendship, Stillwater, his nephew Koo, and neighborhood friends help an elderly neighbor, reaffirming the importance of our ties to one another; HC $17.99

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