We have stormy weather out here, the wind is blowing, the trees are shaking, and the weather is chill.
Perfect to huddle under a blanket and read books. Tonight’s books were a real treat too… It is great to rediscover books, tonight’s two favorites were
The Marriage of the Young Mouse Girl, text by Kerry Muir, K. Haruta, U. Inui and The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka
Yumi, giggled throughout the entire reading of The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs! , when she really likes a book she will ask for it to be read “AGAIN!” as soon as the last page is finished, tonight she BEGGED!
The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, is such a brilliant book, the rhythm and word choice are perfect. Easily one of the best books for both adults and children, I have read.
Our second favorite tonight, The Marriage of the Young Mouse Girl, this is a retelling of Japanese Folk Tale. What a fresh read, a story not often heard with a message that is unexpected, enjoyable and strong.
The story begins with Mr. Mouse and Mrs. Mouse, proudly holding their newborn baby girl. Baby mouse girl, grows up to be both beautiful and clever. Her parents are very proud, and set out to find her the greatest man in the world for her to marry, as Mr.and Mrs. Mouse put it …
“Our daughter is the best in all Japan. We must give her to the greatest man in the world.”
They set out to find the greatest man in the world, Mr. Sun, for “No one is greater than he.”
So Mr. Mouse sets out to ask Mr. Sun, to marry his daughter Mr. Mouse says
“I have come to give my most important daughter to the greatest man in the world. Since you are the greatest man in the world, please accept my daughter.” However Mr. Sun, tells Mr. Mouse there is someone
greater than he, Mr. Cloud for “when the clouds come out, I have to give up. I cannot compete with the clouds.”
Mr. Mouse goes to Mr. Clouds,
who directs him to Mr. Wind.
Mr.Wind send him off to find Mr. Wall
and Mr. Wall, wise and strong,
gives Mr. Mouse a new point of view, that both humbles and empowers Mr. Mouse
Who does the finest mouse in all Japan, marry?
Find out, pick up this book and learn a bit of the a culture that is both amazingly complex and at the same time, humbling and simple.
This book may take you a bit of treasure hunting, but if you do find it, you won’t be disappointed.
Now to enjoy this Typhoon, under a blanket.
Good Morning, and Good Night.