The Boy of the Three-Year Nap
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap
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Annotation: A poor Japanese woman maneuvers events to change the lazy habits of her son.
Genre: Fairy tales
Catalog Number: #4607081
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1988
Edition Date: 1988
Illustrator: Say, Allen,
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-395-66957-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-395-66957-0
Dewey: 398.2
Dimensions: 25 x 27 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6 The accuracy of the visualized Japanese landscape and architecture help considerably in casting this retold folktale into an Oriental mold. A very industrious widow watches her very lazy teenage son (whose nickname is the title of the book) grow up. And readers watch her watching him in tightly crafted scenes that are some what reminiscent of 17th- or 18th-Cen tury Japanese woodcuts: fishing boats on the river; bamboo-windowed houses; blue-mountained backdrops with birds in V-formation; etc. Smoothly applied paint (seemingly air brushed at times) depict the peaceful Japanese landscape. The costuming and facial gestures, as the boy tricks a rich neighbor into rebuilding his moth er's house and allowing him to marry his daughter, create a dramatic effect. There is a sense of authenticity to the pictures that informs readers about a particular lifestyle while simultaneous ly entertaining them with an engaging, almost universal trickster tale. Ken neth Marantz, Art Education Depart ment, Ohio State University, Colum bus
Word Count: 1,673
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 5460 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q01502
Lexile: AD610L
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

A 1989 Caldecott Honor Book Lazy Taro gets his comeuppance when his wise mother uses his trick to avoid work to her own advantage.

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