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Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy

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This classic Japanese fairy tale tells the story of Issun Boshi, the tiny son of an old, long childless couple. Tiny and brave--these are the two most striking characteristics of Issun Boshi. His mother had longed to have a child for so many years that she finally added "even if it is a very small one" to her wish. When the elderly couple did in fact bear a son, he turned ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Gestalten
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Zuzana Dankic
Pekne spracovana legenda o japonskom Jankovi Hraskovi :) akurat, ze v pripade Janka Hraska zili stastne az kym nepomreli a Japonci sa neboja nechat aj v rozpravke otvoreny koniec. Hladala som nejake poucenie, ale asi iba to - ze vyska/velkost negarantuje stastie a dostatok rozumu :D Detsky pohlad dava svetu novy rozmer.
Betsy
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the past, determining a bias in the publication of folk and fairytales was a fairly straightforward business. Too many European maids of hair as fair as the silk of corn on your shelves? Bias. But now we’re in the thick of a downturn in the publication of folk and fairytales. We not only need diverse fairy and folktales but we need more fairy and folktales at all! If you can find more than twenty published in a given year, that’s considered a good year. But desperation can lead to poor choice ...more
SheAintGotNoShoes
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adventures of a 1 inch tall boy and how he grew. Very enjoyable !
Berna Labourdette
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un cuento de hadas tradicional japonés llevado de manera muy bella a la ilustración por este dúo de ilustradores. La historia es muy sencilla, nos presenta al protagonista sobrellevando distintas situaciones siendo un niño en miniatura, hasta que se enamora de una persona de estatura “normal” y decide querer crecer para poder mirarla de igual a igual.
Mari
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lecturas-2018
Es un libro bello con una historia simple pero acogedora. Las ilustraciones hacen que sea un libro objeto por excelencia.
Danell Burney
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Japanese Folktale
Mehsi
Een prachtig getekend prentenboek over Issun Boshi. Ik kende het verhaal al lang maar toch wilde ik dit boek proberen. Zou er iets veranderd zijn? En dan zijn er nog die prachtige platen waardoor ik het al niet erg vond als het verhaal hetzelfde was.
Dit gaat over een hele kleine jongen, echt heel klein, zo klein als een duim. Op een dag besluit hij op avontuur te gaan en naar de grote stad te gaan. Hij maakt van alles mee, wordt verliefd, en dat einde was geweldig.
Ja, ik heb genoten!
Veronika Pizano
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Krásny príbeh, ktorý v tomto prípade vyniká najmä situáciami. Do slovenských sŕdc sa asi zásadne nevryje, keďže máme jeho vlastnú verziu v podobe Janka Hraška.
Pustulio
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NO MAMEN QUE HERMOSO LIBRO
Concertina
Que bonitas ilustraciones e historia y ay 💚🖤💚
Tycho Litjens
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Illustration lovers
Shelves: design
Publishers age advice: 4 to 8 years
Tycho's age advice: 4 to 95 years

Summary:
"We'd like a little boy, any size at all"
After the parents of Issun Bôshi sang this line he was born; a very tiny but brave young man. But when he realises that he won't grow any bigger than an inch Issun packs his rice bowl and goes on an adventure.

Lovely children's book based on a traditional Japanese tale, accompanied with magnificent illustrations by Icinori.
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Jocelyn
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, foreign
I read this with my niece and nephew. This book is really beautifully designed with absolutely gorgeous illustrations and colours. The text is quite easy to read and has a decent amount of repetition to make it fun for kids, including allowing them to practice reading themselves. Plus, it's fun to learn folktales from other cultures! ...more
Kristen
The art in this folk tale with its yellow, orange, and turquoise reminds me of the books I read as a kid. This is a wonderful retelling of a traditional Japanese tale, and the open ending makes a great writing prompt.
Garconniere
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated children's book. ...more
Amanda
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, folksy
What lovely, lovely art work.
Elizabeth
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
The artwork was amazing and the writing style was pretty good too
Serenity
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet children's book with a great moral. ...more
YingYu  Chen
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-rp
I have to say it is one most elaborated book in color and design, so intriguing that I favor this book more than my children do.
Leanne Hooper
One of the most beautifully illustrated picture books I have seen and a wonderful folk tale.
Camille
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally gorgeous children's book with a very sweet story. Would make a lovely gift. ...more
Jeffrey
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite!
✎ Teresa
Cuento tradicional japonés magníficamente ilustrado. Su gráfica es sencilla y utiliza tan solo tres tintas, lo cual podría parecer que facilita el trabajo, pero nada más lejos de la realidad. No es fácil hacer ilustraciones mediante técnicas de estampación y con una paleta de color tan reducida. Por eso, y porque es un bonito cuento, lo recomiendo sin dudarlo.
Xavier Roelens
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uit-de-bieb
Deze Japanse versie van het verhaal van Klein Duimpje (zonder zevenmijlslaarzen, maar met een eetkom en naald als attribuut) is vooral héél mooi getekend. Ik vermoed dat het gezeefdrukt is, wat heel mooie effecten geeft. Heel sfeervol.
Metha Sintani
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read this book for a few times as a kid and now I rereading it again because I want to be reminded how I should have Issun's spirit every now and then. My sister and I used to create a random song about this book but I can't recall though. ...more
Garrett
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh. That got real violent.

400!
Natalie Lozano Calderón
El niño que no era mucho más alto que un pulgar hace parte de la tradición oral japonesa que cada día me intriga más y más.
Kelly
Originally published in 2013 in French under the title Issun Boshi: L'enfant qui n'etait pas plus haut qu'un pouce by publishers Actes Sud before being translated into English by Nicholas Grindell & Co. and published in 2014 by German publishers Little Gestalten.

Icinori is the publishing studio of French illustrators Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller.

And Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy is based on a traditional Japanese folktale.
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Onírica
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
He de decir que en un primer momento la elección de los colores de las ilustraciones me chirriaron mucho, y obvié todo lo demás. Pero al comenzar a leerlo e internarme en él me fue cautivando. Es, finalmente, una edición muy cuidada y las ilustraciones te transportan.
Bobby
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Travis
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