A collection of seventeen folktales about the legendary Japanese judge Ooka, whose ingenuity and desire for justice help him solve knotty problems in inventive ways....
|Title||:||Ooka the Wise: Tales of Old Japan|
|Number of Pages||:||96 Pages|
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Ooka the Wise: Tales of Old Japan Reviews
I've been trying to remember the title of this book for years! I bought it from Scholastic Books when I was in elementary school and loved it. I read and re-read it many times. I'm so glad to have found it. It's definitely a wonderful book for kids. It lets kids learn about medieval Japan while enjoying the mysteries.
This book was so great! I was intrigued after reading this post on the PW Shelf Talker blog (which I am totally in love with), and was excited to see that my library system had a copy. I just finished reading it (in one sitting!) and was completely charmed by Ooka's commitment to helping the downtrodden, as well as his very clever solutions to tricky problems. Ooka often uses weird props (Go buy me a bowl of goldfish, a handful of bamboo sticks, three pieces of wood, a magnifying glass and a copy of a book on fortune-telling) or other unconventional methods to solve cases, and each tale has this great moment of catharsis when Ooka reveals what the answer/truth is. I would love to be able to recommend this book (I think it has wide kid-appeal, especially as a bedtime read-aloud), but it looks like it's out of print and our library system only has one copy. Hopefully a new edition will come out one day!On a side note: This book very much reminds me of this other book my dad bought in China for my sister and I when we were kids. I don't remember the exact title, but the stories were very similar to the Ooka stories. I remember laughing hysterically at one story where one character bit off the tip of another character's nose (they were named A and B, which seemed to make the story funnier), and it had some clever ending that I don't quite remember...something about standing on a stool? Anyway, the next time I'm at my parents' house I'm totally going to dig that book out of the attic - will A and B and the nose-biting still be as funny?
This was a book I have fond memories of, I think my sister has our copy. The short stories are memorable.
This is a must own, if you can find it!
So OK, so it's a kids' book and I still go back and reread it occasionally, so what? The characters are great fun and Ooka is the smartest judge on the bench in any country OR century :)
Great book especially for 6 - 8 years old. Good for teaching lofe lessons and imparting a different cultural perspective than a Eurocentric/American one.