Japanese Folktales for Children Book Review & Giveaway


It is terrible to consider the number of stories that have been lost to the ages.  Sadly cultures have vanished from the Earth without a record of their history or oral traditions.  It is important to preserve these worldly treasures for future generations.  Surely the stories of various cultures in written form is one of our greatest legacies to be past on to the future.   It is with this theme in mind that Zeluna.net attempts to capture and preserve ancient fairy tales.

By translating fairy tales from all over the world (Japan, Germany, Russia, Wales, France) into English and publishing them, Zeluna.net is hoping to inspire a new generation of story lovers.  I had the opportunity to check out one of their newest editions- Japanese Folktales for Children.

This book holds seven Japanese folktales with illustrations on almost every page.  The writing is fairly immense on each particular page and is best suited for older children age seven or older.  My four year old was only willing to listen for a portion of each story, though his seven year old brother was able to enjoy it much more.

This book contains a Dictionary of Terms in the back which I found to be very useful as I was not entirely familiar with all the Japanese terms.  I would have liked to have had a bit more information regarding the fairy tales background, but as a former history teacher I always want to know more of the background story.

The illustrations were quaint, but I would have liked to have seen richness in the color.   Unfortunately they came across as being fairly dull.

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I received the above mentioned book for review purposes, all opinions are my own.


  1. Ed Nemmers says

    This would be for my nieces!


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