Japanese Nursery Rhymes

Carp Streamers, Falling Rain and Other Traditional Favorites

By Danielle Wright; Helen Acraman (Illustrator)
(Tuttle Publishing, Hardcover, 9784805311882, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 10, 2012

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What better way to learn a new language than through rhymes and music?

Everywhere in the world, there are poems and songs especially for children—rhymes that are sung from generation to generation and never forgotten. In Japan, nursery rhymes speak of nature, of everyday joys and of Japan's own special culture. In Japanese Nursery Rhymes fifteen well-loved verses are colorfully presented in a format that makes language learning easier. The included audio CD features kids singing in both Japanese and English—songs so lively and sweet you'll find yourself singing along!

For preschoolers and beyond, this book will be a joy to the mind, the eye, the ear and the heart.

About the Author

Danielle Wright First began collecting nursery rhymes for her young son in 2005. In 2008 she created the award-winning multilingual book My Village: Rhymes from Around the World. Danielle has taught English to children in Japan and currently runs an at-home writing, public relations and editing business. She lives in New Zealand with her husband, two children and two cats.

Helen Acraman is a New Zealand artist living in Toronto, Canada. Her whimsical graphic works reflect a passion for environmental issues, natural living and the childlike quality that lives in everyone.

Praise For Japanese Nursery Rhymes

"Acraman's graphics combine a polished digital aesthetic with playfully anthropomorphic characters, including three stylized birds perched on a tree and endearing rabbits wearing "hachimaki" bandannas. Accessible verses and bright, welcoming pictures should have cross-cultural appeal while aiding in language learning."—Publishers Weekly

"They include authentically childlike celebrations of rabbits dancing, carp streamers "swimming happily in the air" and falling rain. There are also wistful memories of "My Hometown" and a festival song that begins, "Our village guardian god's generosity / Is what we celebrate on this joyous day / Boom boom, whistle whistle."—Kirkus Reviews

"Fifteen rhymes, one per spread, celebrate the changing seasons, flora and fauna, and idyllic rural life, providing an enchanting window into a culture that cherishes its close relationship with nature. […] This collection holds appeal for anyone interested in the country and would be a wonderful addition to an international-themed storytime."—School Library Journal

"The spacious format gives the art a chance to perform its magic. Pure saturated colors—honey yellows, tomato reds, and heavenly blues—are the backdrops for pictures that have the effect of woodcuts. The poems themselves showoff the charm and delicacy Wright discusses in her introduction."—Booklist

"Danielle Wright first began collecting nursery rhymes from around the world for her son in 2005. In this colorful collection of fifteen verses, she includes an audio CD with children and parents singing along in both Japanese and English. Helen Acraman's delightful illustrations perfectly complement the songs and bring them to life."—The Children's Book Review

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