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The Last Kappa of Old Japan Bilingual English & Japanese Edition

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Sunny Seki received a BA photography in his native Japan and studied illustration at Pasadena Art Center College of Design. He is the author and illustrator of the award-winning books The Tale of the Lucky Cat and Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll. Sunny leads a Japanese poetry senryu group and spends much time retelling and illustrating Japanese folk tales.


"This is a Japanese 'Lorax' folk tale with a cautionary message about taking care of our earth!" blog "The illustrations, mostly bordered rectangles set against handmade paper, combine elements of Japanese wood-carved prints with cartoonlike faces and great detail, showing both traditional agricultural scenes and industrialization." -Kirkus "...a beautifully scripted and illustrated story of love, friendship, and adventure that includes Japanese text alongside the English translation, making it a great way for kids to learn Japanese." -Midwest Book Review "The illustrations are beautiful, engaging and ever so detailed! There is a really good balance of description vs. dialogue in this book..." "A cautionary tale about protecting the environment, and having the courage to help our friends despite the danger to ourselves. (As a side note, the myth of the kappa is actually the origin of our modern story of mutant ninja turtles!)" "This engaging tale offers an easy-to-understand environmental lesson along with an accessible introduction to Japanese folklore and culture for young readers." -School Library Journal "This is a wonderful book filled with interesting illustrations and an important message embedded in a lovely story. It can be used as a bridge to talking with children about how they can help the water clean, as well as the environment as a whole." -Castle View Academy blog "The kappa, translated 'river child,' are believed to be messengers of the god of water and have been part of Japanese folklore for hundreds of years." -California Kids! Family Fun Guide

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