Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Buying Mittens by Niimi Nankichi

Buying Mittens
by Niimi Nankichi
illustrated by Kuroi Ken
ILL
Picture Book
1999

Book Jacket Summary
When a cold winter comes to the forest, a little fox awakens one morning to the magic of a first snow-fall. His romp in the snow is cut short, however, when his cold, wet paws turn peony colored. What he needs, his mother decides, are some woolen mittens the size of his little paws.
So begins an overnight journey into the village where humans live, to buy a pair of mittens and where, along the way, the little fox learns that people are more complicated creatures than he thought.
Buying Mittens is a classic story that has charmed Japanese children for generations. Written by one of Japan's most beloved authors, it has the timeless quality of a folktale that will speak across cultures. Enchanting illustrations illuminate this gentle tale of a mother's tenderness and a child's new discoveries. 

My Thoughts
It is getting chilly here in Texas! With this sudden chill in the air we are locating lost winter items and curling up with a good book. Buying Mittens is a beautiful look into a Japanese folk tale. I forget how I heard about this book but I knew I had to read it and ordered it from ILL. It was a little difficult to find but worth the trouble. This is a beautifully illustrated book with foxes light by moonlight. I cannot resist a book about foxes, especially a Japanese story where they are not quite portrayed as tricksters. The mother does change the fox's paw into a child's hand to trick the shopkeeper but the kit forgets to put this one in the doorway. The shopkeeper was startled by the fox paw but seemed more concerned that the money would not be real rather than the fact that a fox was talking.
I would recommend this one to anyone who loves foxes, winter, or Japanese tales. I hope I can find a copy for myself to read everytime winter comes around.  
Book Pairings
 The Mitten by Jan Brett
Five Little Foxes and the Snow by Tony Johnston

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book. I too, love folklores and think they are an important part of culture! Thanks for sharing....

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