Once, in a country far away, there lived a peasant farmer and his wife. They had no children and every day, to lift their spirits on their walk to and from the fields, they sang:
"We'd like a little boy, any size at all.
We'd like him little, we'd like him small.
We'd love him tiniest of all."
A miracle happened. They had a child. But – and this hardly came as a suprirse – he really was tiny. And they called him Issun Boshi, "the One-Inch Boy."
Although his parents raised him very lovingly, Issun Boshi realized one day that he would not grow any taller. He then left his home to set off on a journey to find his place in the world. Because he saw himself as a swordfighter, a samurai, he made sure to take along the right equipment: a needle was his sword, a soup bowl was his boat, and a chopstick was its rudder. As in any proper fairy tale, Issun Boshi is tested in several adventures. He handles himself so bravely that, in the end, he is rewarded with just the right princess.
A traditional Japanese folktale.
• 40 pages
• Ideal for ages 3-7 years
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