The Silver Charm: A Folktale from Japan

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Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Long ago, in the days when there were still ogres in the world, a little boy named Satsu went out to play with his best friends, a puppy and a fox cub. But Satsu wandered too near the edge of the forest, where a horrible ogre snatched him up. The ogre wanted to eat him for supper, but Satsu traded his silver charm for his life. Without his charm, however, he grew ill and weak.
Now the puppy and the fox cub must save their friend and master. With the help of a little mouse and a little magic, they trick the ogre and return the lucky silver charm. Everyone–including the animals–celebrates with an enormous feast.

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I loved this story! I really liked how the fox and puppy worked with the mouse to get back their master's good luck charm. This book teaches a valuable lesson about listening to your parents. The pictures are beautiful and reflect the culture of Japan. Read full review

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Robert D. San Souci was born on October 10, 1946 in San Francisco, California. He attended college at St. Mary's College in Moraga. After holding jobs in book stores and in publishing, he became a full-time author in 1974. He was best known for his adaptations of folklore for children. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 books for young readers including Song of Sedna, Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend, The Talking Eggs, Two Bear Cubs, Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella, Brave Margaret: An Irish Tale, Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow, and Cinderella Skeleton. He wrote 12 books which were illustrated by his younger brother Daniel San Souci including The Legend of Scarface, Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females, and As Luck Would Have It: From The Brothers Grimm. He also wrote nonfiction works for children, several novels for adults, and the film story for Disney's Mulan. The Legend of Scarface won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies, and was a Horn Book honor list citation. Sukey and the Mermaid won the American Library Association's Notable Book citation in 1992 and Cut from the Same Cloth won an Aesop Award from the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. He died on December 19, 2014 at the age of 68.

Yoriko Ito, born in Mie Prefecture, Japan, provided the artwork for Lily and the Wooden Bowl by Alan Schroeder, which was named a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award Honor Book celebrating Ms. Ito's debut work in children's book illustration, and Jojofu by Michael P. Waite, winner of the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award, presented by Bank Street College of Education. Her work has appeared in the New York Society of Illustrators annual exhibitions. She lives in Palo Alto, California.

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