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The Wise Old Woman: Retold by Yoshiko Uchida

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A dramatic Japanese folktale that tells the story of a cruel overlord and a young farmer's elderly mother. The overlord threatens to destroy the farmer's village unless the young lord can perform three seemingly impossible tasks. How the elderly mother accomplishes the tasks and saves the village is a satisfying story brought to life with remarkable full-color paintings.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 1994 by Margaret K. McElderry (first published 1994)
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Oct 04, 2014 Tonkjp added it
Long ago in a village of Japan it was the decree of the cruel Lord that all villagers at the age of seventy would be sent into the mountains and be left to die. As a young farmer is taking his mother up into the mountains, he cannot l leaving his mother on the mountain. So he decides to hide her in his house. One day a Lord from another village threatens to challenge their village, unless someone in the village can solve three impossible tasks. No one in the village is able to solve the tasks, f...more
Boss
Oct 03, 2014 Boss added it
One they in the small village in the western hill of japan the young lord want 71 years old people to die.Next farmer mather turned 71 years old so she need to leave the village to died at the mountain.If the farmer did not take his mother away they both going to die but the farmer hide his mother in the secret room.Then lord Higa want to conquer the village and he tell the only way to protect the village is complete his impossible command but the farmer mother can solve all lord Higa command.Th...more
Brianna
that the greedy young king killed everybody above 70 because they are "useless" so the man made a hole 4 his mother she lived in it for 2 years when the lord haga said he was going to congure the little village unless if they did 3 impossible thing the old lady solved them the lord wouldn't take over the little village and the king said he would never kill anybody over the age of 70 again
Christine Turner
An old woman demonstrates the value of her age when she solves a warlord's three riddles and saves her village from destruction.

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4/15/11 wisdom and age should always be respected :)
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it teaches a valuable lesson to all its readers
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Yoshiko, born on November 24, 1921, was the second daughter of Japanese immigrant parents Takashi and Iku. Her father worked as a businessman for Mitsui and Company in San Francisco, and Iku wrote poetry, passing along her love of literature to her girls. Though the Great Depression raged, the Uchida family enjoyed comforts because of Takashi's well-paying job and their own frugality. Yoshiko love...more
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