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The Samurai's Daughter: A Japanese Legend Retold

San Souci, Robert D.: Johnson, Stephen T (Illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 0803711352 / ISBN 13: 9780803711358
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A nice, fine copy in a fine, price clipped, mylar protected DJ. Boldly inscribed, signed, and dated in 1994 by Robert San Souci on front endpaper. Small ink price notation on top corner of front endpaper; 2nd printing of 1st edition; Illustrated, 4to., 32 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 22027

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Title: The Samurai's Daughter: A Japanese Legend ...

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Dial Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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The daughter of an exiled samurai nobleman sets out on a journey to join her father. Along the way she encounters bandits in the mountains, a ghost ship on the high seas, and a sea serpent. How she meets each challenge and is joyfully reunited with her father makes for a thrilling tale to be loved and remembered by all young readers. Full color.

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Illustrations of shimmering delicacy highlight this imagistic retelling of a Japanese legend. Tokoyo is the teenage daughter of a samurai in medieval Japan. When her beloved father is banished to a distant island by a deranged ruler, the resolute girl sets out to find him. San Souci's ( The Talking Eggs ) account of her arduous pilgrimage is told in the lilting, often haunting, style of ancient oral narrative and is filled with such potent images as the caged cricket that sustains Tokoyo in her travels and the ghostly warship that washes over her as she rows on the open sea. But the telling, which consists almost entirely of exposition, ultimately has a somewhat flat quality. In discrete scenes, the brave heroine climbs mountains, crosses the ocean and--in the tale's rather abrupt ending--battles a writhing sea serpent to save her father, but she nonetheless fails to become a deep or involving character. Johnson's pastel paintings, in jewel-like tones of sea green and violet, create considerable atmosphere. Readers watch Tokoyo come fully to life in her underwater world, whether she is swimming happily amid a school of iridescent fish or savaging the coiled white serpent, dagger poised, her lush black hair swirling around her. Ages 4-8.
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