The Adventure of Momotaro, The Peach Boy
Perhaps the most beloved of all Japanese folk tales is the story of Momotaro, the boy born from a peach. Momotaro’s expedition to the Land of the Demons, accompanied by his faithful companions, the Dog, the Monkey, and the Pheasant, is filled with fun and excitement for all young readers. One of five of the best-loved stories from Kodansha’s Children’s Classics series, printed in a smaller format with the original Japanese beside the English translation - and all with the same delightful illustrations.
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Kodansha International Ltd
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Momotaro, the Peach Boy
An endearing account beautifully illustrated, full of vibrant color, and crisp detail. People
can easily relate to the rather Superman like quality the story possesses and even the
religiously bent might find the story of Moses, somewhat parallel.
It's hard to say how this story rates because, while I liked the story, it felt is a bit simple
and rather predictable. Symbolism must abound for a Japanese reader but as an American
with little to go on, I find the meaning somewhat empty.
Illustration of the story deserves five stars; the story line and plot however, leave something to be
This story, I have the Kamishibai for it, is a great story for students, grades K and up. The story is a great one to help students understand the difference in the stories from the US and East Asia. It really helps students understand the fantasies and folktales of other countries. The children really like these stories in the kamishibai because they can each read a card and someone else holds up the picture!!