The Boy of the Three-year Nap

The Boy of the Three-year Nap

Book - 1988
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A poor Japanese woman maneuvers events to change the lazy habits of her son.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
ISBN: 9780395440902
Branch Call Number: JE/SNYD
Characteristics: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 25 x 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Say, Allen - Illustrator


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Jun 13, 2017

Great story, and I'd guess is a Japanese fable. Very true to the culture and with a lovely ending for everyone. The illustrations are pretty classic Japanese and evocative of a bygone time. Book is better for children older than toddlers.

May 20, 2016

A poor Japanese widow has a lazy son, Taro, who spends his days napping. When his mother presses him to get a job, he comes up with a plan instead - a plan to ensure the rest of his life will be just as lazy. But he's not the only smart one!

I was so tickled by the turnabout at the end of this story, and my son ate it up. Say nails the classical art style that makes the story feel like a timeless fable.


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