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Sometimes, kids have a tough time reconciling what they can do, or are expected to do, with what they actually want to do. This book addresses those issues very well. In a society that is, rather than being very conservative or something, are instead, a village of ninjas, where school focuses on ninja skills, and where his very name is “Ninja Boy.”

Instead, he wants to play the violin. When he finally musters the courage to tell his dad, the father wisely just asks the boy to play for him. Here, the hand-drawn illustrations and text shine, flowing across the page with the music he plays. There is a lot of wisdom in this simple tale that, I think, is needed in many children’s lives, around our country, and the world.

I remember doing a study on school curricula — not of what was supposed to studied, but rather, what actually was taught. And one popular area that shown out as exceeding the standards in terms of what was actually taught was an overview of festivals, holidays, and other traditions. There is a wealth of information conveyed in a simple seasonal ceremony that helps bridge cultures and bring people together. This delightful book encompasses all that and more.

Especially for families and schools where a Korean presence is part of the everyday, this book could help bridge the gaps that can keep people from engaging with one another happily and healthily. The very well-made book includes brief summaries of specific festivals, alongside colorful painted illustrations, holiday recipes, crafts, folktales, and more. It’s a wonderful book for anyone with an interest in traditional Korean culture.

I remember when, off and on when I was quite young, my parents started going on exotic trips and vacations. Of all the treats and toys they brought back with them, my favorite was a simple children’s book of Thai folktales. This wonderful book, with quality binding, paper, and printing, tells nine such stories, each one soon to be another child’s favorite.

Many of them answer a basic question that children ask the world over, such as “Why do we have thunder and lightning?” or “How the tiger got its stripes.” The illustrations are lovely, the writing engaging, and the stories delightful.

This book is wonderful — as in, full of wonders! The beautiful painted illustrations are rendered vintage Asian style yet with a modern sensibility and sense of humor. The text for each fairy tale is very well written, each long enough to be the perfect bedtime story. The three stories all answer a timeless question: Why do cats and dogs fight? Why do roosters crow at sunrise? And, why is reward better than revenge? The book offers delightful insights into both traditional Korean society and the wonderful worlds of fairy tales which span the globe with their magic.