Playful goblins with long noses, walking statues, and a delightful hero who just happens to be one inch tall-these are but a few of the charming characters you will meet in this collection of much-beloved Japanese children's stories. This lovely collection - and its companion volume More Japanese Children's Favorite Stories - has been delighting English-speaking children around the world for 60 years now, proving that good stories never wear out. With sparking illustrations and the promise that good will and kindness will carry the day, these tales will captivate children of all ages as they have for generations.
The late Florence Sakade was an experienced editor and author/compiler of many popular books on Japan such as A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, Origami: Japanese Paper Folding, and Japanese Children's Favorite Stories. Her distinguished career spanned five decades, and she continued working until her death in 1999 at the age of 82. Yoshisuke Kurosaki (1905-1984) studied at the Kawabata Painting school and illustrated children's books from around 1927 until his death. His work has helped define the style of Japanese children's book illustration in the 20th century.