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Asian Folklore

There are so many great tales in the J398 collection, including ones from China and Japan! Be sure to check out these titles to become more familiar with these cultural tales.

An illustrated retelling of nineteen fables and tales from China, each of which features a nugget of ancient folk wisdom and introduces aspects of traditional Chinese culture and lore.

A poor farmer's youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father's life.

Ah Fu finds a white pony wandering the grassland, that develops a strange pattern on its back after jumping in the Yellow river.

The legend of the panda by Linda Granfield
Monkey King by Ed Young

In his journey to a more enlightened state, a monkey must end his trickery and understand that there is strength in admitting weakness. Based on a section of the Chinese epic "Journey to the West".

The boy who drew cats by Anushka Ravishankar

Retelling of a folktale about Akiro, a young Japanese boy, whose obsession with drawing cats leads him to an adventure that would change his life. Based on a legend about the Japanese artist Sesshū Tōyō.

This classic Japanese fairy tale tells the story of Issun Boshi, the tiny son of an old, long childless couple. He is tested in several adventures and handles himself so bravely that, in the end, he is rewarded with just the right princess!.

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.

Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa

A wealthy man in a Japanese village, who everyone calls Ojiisan, which means grandfather, sets fire to his rice fields to warn the innocent people of an approaching tsunami.

A magical boy grants a poor flower-seller's every wish until the greedy and ungrateful man grows tired of the boy's unpleasant behavior and sends him away.

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