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Kodansha’s Children’s Bilingual Classics Series

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The Moon Princess by Ralph F. McCarthy; Illustrator Kancho Oda
The Adventure of Momotaro, the Peach Boy by Ralph F. McCarthy; Illustrator Ioe Saito

Kodansha’s Children’s Bilingual Classics Series : Titles in Order

Book 2
Perhaps the most beloved of all Japanese folk tales is the story of Momotaro, the boy born from a peach. Momotaro’s expedition to the Land of the Demons, accompanied by his faithful companions, the Dog, the Monkey, and the Pheasant, is filled with fun and excitement for all young readers.


One of five of the best-loved stories from Kodansha’s Children’s Classics series, printed in a smaller format with the original Japanese beside the English translation – and all with the same delightful illustrations.
Book 1
An old bamboo cutter finds a tiny child in the hollow of a bamboo stalk. Thus begins the beloved story of the Moon Princess, whose unearthly beauty brings her fame and would-be husbands from throughout the land, but whose destiny shines far off in the sky. The delicate color and detail of Kancho Oda’s illustrations, painted over half a century ago, create a mood of charm and mystery, admirably accompanied by the lilting verse of writer, translator, and lyricist Ralph F. McCarthy.

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