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The Resource The boy of the three-year nap, Dianne Snyder ; illustrated by Allen Say

The boy of the three-year nap, Dianne Snyder ; illustrated by Allen Say

Label
The boy of the three-year nap
Title
The boy of the three-year nap
Statement of responsibility
Dianne Snyder ; illustrated by Allen Say
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A poor Japanese woman maneuvers events to change the lazy habits of her son
Tone
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 1989
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book, 1988.
Review
  • Gr 1-6 The accuracy of the visualized Japanese landscape and architecture help considerably in casting this retold folktale into an Oriental mold. A very industrious widow watches her very lazy teenage son (whose nickname is the title of the book) grow up. And readers watch her watching him in tightly crafted scenes that are some what reminiscent of 17th- or 18th-Cen tury Japanese woodcuts: fishing boats on the river; bamboo-windowed houses; blue-mountained backdrops with birds in V-formation; etc. Smoothly applied paint (seemingly air brushed at times) depict the peaceful Japanese landscape. The costuming and facial gestures, as the boy tricks a rich neighbor into rebuilding his moth er's house and allowing him to marry his daughter, create a dramatic effect. There is a sense of authenticity to the pictures that informs readers about a particular lifestyle while simultaneous ly entertaining them with an engaging, almost universal trickster tale. Ken neth Marantz, Art Education Depart ment, Ohio State University, Colum bus
  • Taro is a Japanese boy whose penchant for sleeping is the butt of village jokes, much to the chagrin of his poor widowed mother, who works hard to provide them with necessities. Taro cannot be coaxed into working, despite his mother's pleas, until he falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter and hatches a scheme to make himself wealthy. The author's foreword explains that many gods and demons inhabit Japanese folklore, which will help readers understand how Taro, disguised as a local deity, is able to convince the rich neighbor that his daughter must wed the laziest boy in town. Say's art, with stylized Oriental touches, comically animates the sprightly tale, perfectly matching the abundant wit of Snyder's adaptation. All ages. (April)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
098916
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Snyder, Dianne
Dewey number
  • E
  • E
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tricksters
  • Laziness
  • Disguises
  • Rich people
  • Marriage
  • Widows
  • Japan
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The boy of the three-year nap, Dianne Snyder ; illustrated by Allen Say
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
25 x 28 cm.
Extent
32 p.
Isbn
9780395440902
Lccn
87030674 /AC
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780395440902
  • (OCoLC)17209983
Label
The boy of the three-year nap, Dianne Snyder ; illustrated by Allen Say
Publication
Dimensions
25 x 28 cm.
Extent
32 p.
Isbn
9780395440902
Lccn
87030674 /AC
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780395440902
  • (OCoLC)17209983

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