How to Fool a Cat and more Japanese tales for children
“Charming and captivating, these authentic and little-known Japanese folktales are told clearly and simply, making them easily accessible to young listeners at home or in the classroom. Thoughtful comments and notes from the two tellers provide clear tips for successful telling, along with a very useful glossary. If you tell stories to children, this is a must-purchase book!”
—Sherry Norfolk, storyteller, author and teaching artist
“How lucky we are to have even more of Hiroko Fujita’s delightful children’s folktales from Japan! Fran Stallings has done an excellent job of framing these for us. Fun tale-sharing for teachers, librarians, and grandparents.”
—Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, storyteller and author of The Boy from the Dragon Palace: A Folktale from Japan
Hiroko Fujita is a traditional ohanashi obaasan (storytelling grandma). She spent her childhood in the rural mountain town of Miharu in Fukushima Prefecture, where she heard hundreds of ancient folktales from village elders. A graduate of Japan Women’s University, she worked for over fifty years in early childhood education. Now she travels throughout Japan, sharing the old tales and teaching young mothers. She has written nearly three dozen books in Japanese. She lives in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Fran Stallings, a professional storyteller based in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, interpreted for Mrs. Fujita’s twelve storytelling tours of twenty-two American states, Japan and Singapore. Stallings edited and adapted English translations of Mrs. Fujita’s storytelling handbook and a collection of forty-seven tales known throughout Japan. Stallings’ other publications include articles, stories, songs, and four CDs. Her academic training in biology informs her environmental work as “EarthTeller.”