The Furry-legged Teapot

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M. Cavendish Children, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
Yoshi the tanuki—a Japanese raccoon-dog—learns how to magically transform himself into anything, even a teapot. But what happens when he can't change back? This is the tale of the teapot-tanuki's adventures, from the day he leaves his family to the day he meets the Emperor himself. What will it take for this teapot to become a tanuki again? Only the Emperor's grandson knows the answer. Asian-influenced illustrations using vibrant acrylic paints bring the mythical tanuki to life. An author's note is included.

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This retelling of an ages-old Japanese tale relates the woes of a rambunctious young raccoon-dog named Yoshi, a mischievous tanuki shapeshifter. Impetuous and distractible, Yoshi decides to play an ... Read full review

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This story is based on a Japanese Folktale about a raccoon who turned into a teapot. The art went very well with the Japanese story. It was a cute story, and might interest children to learn more about a different culture. Read full review


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TIM MYERS is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestseller BASHO AND THE FOX. Of GOOD BABIES, he says, "Until she was two, my daughter never slept longer than three hours at a time. This almost turned her mother and me into trolls -- but Cassie turned out wonderful! I think patience with children is at the heart of what it means to be civilized."

Kelly Murphy has written and illustrated several books for children and is the illustrator of LOONY LITTLE by Dianna Hutts Aston. She says she had many an inspiration for GOOD BABIES as she's "of a trollish nature and known to munch on polliwogs from time to time.

Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel "The Whipping Boy". The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography "The Abracadabra Kid". His other titles include "The Entertainer and the Dybbuk", a novel, and three biographies, "Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World"; "The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West"; and "Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini".

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