Japan

  • JAPAN

    The ABCs of Origami by Sarasas, Claude.   Presents directions for folding an origami creation for each letter of the alphabet. Names of figures are given in English and Japanese--both Romanized and Japanese characters.

    The Attack on Pearl Harbor /  Lassieur, Allison  This book describes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of a Japanese pilot, a U.S. sailor, and an American nurse.  Non-Fiction

    Attack on Pearl Harbor /  Tanaka, Shelley, David Craig, , ill, Jack McMaster, , ill, and  Lundstrom, John. -- Describes the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, using eyewitness accounts to tell the true story.  Non-Fiction

    The Bicycle Man /  Say, Allen.   The amazing tricks two American soldiers do on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan.  Fiction Picture Book

    Big Bird in Japan /  Stone, Jon,  Spinney, Caroll,  Henson, Jim, Children's Television Workshop, Random House Video, and Sony Wonder (Firm). Big Bird and Barkley travel across Japan, observing the beauty of the country and meeting people, while searching for the Bamboo Princess.             Video

    The Big Wave by  Buck, Pearl S, Hiroshige,  Katsushika, Hokusai,  Ando, Hiroshige, and Hiroshige Andmo, This is the story of Japan, where Kino and Jiya live, and the sea around it. It tells how the land and sea have made them the brave boys that they are, not afraid of danger and death, able to live simply and do much.   Fiction

    The Bomb by  Taylor, Theodore.   In 1945, when the Americans liberate the Bikini Atoll from the Japanese, fourteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu does not realize that the next year he will lead a desperate effort to save his island home from a much more deadly threat.  Fiction

    Boys’ Day/Girls’ Day by Ishii, Minako The history and celebration of the festival for both Boys’ Day and Girls’ day in Japan.  Non-fiction.

    Chibi by  Brenner, Barbara,  Takaya, Julia, and June Otani, ,  A true story of a family of ducks living in the Mitsui Office Park and Imperial Gardens in Japan, that had many people interested and watching them. Non-Fiction Picture Book

    Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Blumberg, Rhoda  Details Commodore Matthew Perry's role in opening Japan's closed society to world trade in the 1850s, one of history's most significant diplomatic achievements.  Non-Fiction

    The Crane Wife by  Yagawa, Sumiko,  Akaba, Suekichi, and  Paterson, Katherine   After Yohei tends a wounded crane, a beautiful young woman begs to become his wife and three times weaves for him an exquisite silken fabric on her loom.  Folktale

    Dumpling Soup by  Rattigan, Jama Kim, and Lillian Hsu-Flanders, ,   A young Asian American girl living in Hawaii tries to make dumplings for her family's New Year's celebration.  Fiction Picture Book

    Families of Japan /  Rao, Anand,  Wason, Leslie,  Marquisee, Eleanor Betting, Families of the World, Arden Media Resources,  Master Communications, Inc, and Arden Films  two children narrate this documentary about a day in their lives in Japan. One child lives on a rice farm and the other lives in a city. Each focuses on their rural and urban lifestyles.  Video Non-Fiction

    A Family in Japan /  Jacobsen, Peter Otto, and  Kristensen, Preben Sejer.   Text and photographs present the home, work, school, recreations, and day-to-day activities of the Fujii family who live in the town of Okazaki, headquarters of the Mitsubishi car factory. Also includes general facts about the country.  Non-Fiction

    The Funny Little Woman /  Mosel, Arlene, Blair Lent, , ill, and  Hearn, Lafcadio  While chasing a dumpling, a little lady is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan.  Folktale Picture Book

    The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars /  Merrill, Jean, and Floyd Cooper, , ill.  In this retelling of an anonymous twelfth-century Japanese story, the young woman Izumi resists social and family pressures as she befriends caterpillars and other socially unacceptable creatures.  Folktale

    The Good Fight /  Ambrose, Stephen E  Text and many photos, maps, and diagrams present the Second World War to young readers, from the war's origins in Europe through the War Crimes Trials and the aftereffects of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan. Also includes a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of related Web sites.  Non-Fiction

    Grandfather's Journey /  Say, Allen, and Juvenile Collection   A Japanese-American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America, which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.  Fiction Picture Book

    Hiroshima by Hersey, John  An account of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, from the viewpoint of the people who lived through it.  Non-Fiction

    Hiroshima by Yep, Laurence  Describes the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, particularly as it affects Sachi, who becomes one of the Hiroshima Maidens.  Fiction

    The Inch-High Samurai retold by McCarthy, Ralph  The brave little boy who sailed to the Capital in a teacup and fought a demon with a needle to win the love of a Lady.  Folktale.

    Japan by  Dahl, Michael.   An introduction to the geography, history, people, and culture of the island country of Japan.  Non-Fiction

    JAPAN  by  Florence Debbi Michiko A Kaleidoscope Kids Book contains over 40 activities to experience Japan past and present.  Activities, crafts, photographs and recipes.

    Japan by  Sexton, Colleen A.  "Developed by literacy experts for students in grades three through seven, this book introduces young readers to the geography and culture of Japan   Non-Fiction

    Japan-- in Pictures /  Boehm, David A, and Lerner Publications Company.   Introduces Japan's geography, history, society, economy, and government structure.  Non-Fiction

    The Japanese American Internment by  Hanel, Rachael  This book describes the events surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans in relocation centers during World War II. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of Japanese internees and Caucasians. Non Fiction

    Japanese Celebrations Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars! By Reynolds, Betty.  A way to introduce students to Japanese culture through the tradition and pageantry of Japenese New Year and the Cherry Blossom Festival.                                       Non Fiction

    Life as a Ninja by  Doeden, Matt.   This book describes the lives of ninjas in feudal Japan. The reader's choices reveal historical details from the perspectives of a ninja taking part in the siege of Sawayama Castle, fighting the army of Oda Nobunaga, and serving as a member of the Band of Iga.  Non-Fiction

    Look What Came From Japan /by Harvey, Miles  Describes many things which originated in Japan, including inventions, art, food, fashion, furniture, toys, animals, musical instruments, and sports.  Non-Fiction

    Lost Childhood by  Layson, Annelex Hofstra, and  Viola, Herman J.   The author reveals a first-hand account of her and her family's experiences when they and other Dutch residents on the island of Java, were captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp where they spent over three years.  Non-Fiction

    The Magic Fan /  Baker, Keith.   Despite the laughter of his fellow villagers, Yoshi uses his building skills to make a boat to catch the moon, a kite to reach the clouds, and a bridge that mimics the rainbow. Fiction Picture Book

    Milet Picture Dictionary English – Japanese Turhan, Sedat

    My First Japanese Kanji Book by Sato, Anna and Eriko.  Learning kanji the fun and easy way.   Teaches students how to read and write over 100 basic kanji characters using culturally rich and child friendly peoms and illustrations.                        Non-fiction.

    Origami Games Hands-On Fun For Kids! Stern, Joel clear and easy llustrated instruction for creating 21 whimsical origami game pieces.    Non-fiction 2 copies.

    Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder /  Cassedy, Sylvia,  Suetake, Kunihiro, and Molly Bang  Thirteen haiku about animals, translated from the Japanese and illustrated with collages and assemblages.  Poetry

    Sadako by Coerr, Eleanor, Ed Young, , ill, and  Coerr, Eleanor.  Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.  Biography Non-Fiction

    Sing ‘n Learn Japanese 1  with CD by Inui, Tazuko.  Introduce Japanese with favorite children’s songs.  Non-Fiction

    Sing and Learn Japanese Celebrations Cherry Blossoms, Festivals and Flying Carp by Inui, Tazuko. Audio CD included.s

    Shin's Tricycle by  Kodama, Tatsuharu, and Noriyuki Ando, ,    The true story of Nobuo Tetsutani's beloved son, Shin, whose life was cut short by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.  Non-Fiction

    Sword of the Samurai by  Kimmel, Eric A, and Michael Evans, , ill   Seven short stories about samurai warriors, their way of life, courage, wit, and foolishness.  Fiction

    The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by  Paterson, Katherine, Leo Dillon, , ill, and Diane Dillon, , ill.   A pair of mandarin ducks, separated by a cruel lord who wishes to possess the drake for his colorful beauty, reward a compassionate couple who risk their lives to reunite the ducks.  Fiction Picture Book

    Taro and the Bamboo Shoot by  Matsuno, Masako, and  Segawa, Yasuo  Taro enters the bamboo grove looking for his dinner and comes away with much more than he expected.  Fiction Picture Book.

    This Place is Crowded by  Cobb, Vicki, and  Lavallee, Barbara.   Describes transportation, education, home life, holidays, and other aspects of life in the heavily populated island nation of Japan.  Non-Fiction

    Tsunami! by  Kajikawa, Kimiko, and Ed Young, , ill  A wealthy man in a Japanese village, who everyone calls Ojiisan, which means grandfather, sets fire to his rice fields to warn the innocent people of an approaching tsunami.  Folktale

    The Way We Do It In Japan by IIjima, Geneva Cobb.  Picture book about a boy who experiences a new way of life when he moves to Japan with his Aamerican mother and his Japanese father.                   Fiction Easy

    We Live in Japan by  Kawamata, Kazuhide.   Presents various aspects of life in Japan through interviews with twenty-six people representing different age groups, occupations, and regions. Also includes a section of brief facts about the country and a glossary.  Non-Fiction

    Welcome to Japan by  Schemenauer, Elma  Photographs, maps, and simple text describe the history, geography, people, and sites of Japan.  Non-Fiction

    The Witch's Magic Cloth by  Matsutani, Miyoko,  Sekawa, Yasuo,  Tresselt, Alvin R, and  Segawa, Yasuo. Retells an ancient Japanese legend of the old woman who was well rewarded for the care she gave to the witch of the mountain.    Folktale

    Write Your Name in Kanji by Sato, Nobuo Convert any personal name or surname to the kanji of your choice.  Non-Fiction

    Yoko's Paper Cranes by  Wells, Rosemary.   When Yoko moves from Japan to California, she decides to make and send origami cranes to her grandmother for her birthday.  Fiction Picture Book

     

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