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Relates the consequences of a stonecutter's foolish longing for power....

Title : The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale
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ISBN : 9780140502893
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 399 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale Reviews

  • Carolyn Andrew
    2019-02-16 01:17

    "The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folktale", by Gerald McDermott, was a story adapted from a Japanese Folk tale. In the story the stonecutter thinks everyone is happier than he is. This is until he sees otherwise. The was well written and truly taught a lesson, which is the overall purpose of folktales. It taught that you shouldn't wish to be others as each life comes with its own challenges. Do not dwell upon things you can't control. You must accept what you are and the life your living, because it is all you have. The story achieved its teaching of a lesson. Overall it is a good story that children should be exposed to because, many of us are guilty of wishing for the same things as the stonecutter and don't realize it. Reading this story would allow students to see that they are who they are for a purpose and that they should seek out the joy in that.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-22 04:25

    Never happy, Tasaku keeps reaching for things that seem better. He comes to an ironic end.... It was a timely read as there are weather related disasters....The images were dark and you could feel the emotion from the character. I thought it was a great read.

  • James
    2019-02-02 06:34

    DVD Reading of Story

  • Jackie
    2019-01-20 05:24

    Title: The StonecutterAuthor: Gerald McDermottIllustrator: Non-European FolktaleGenre: Non-European FolktaleTheme(s): Wishes, Appreciating what you haveOpening line/sentence: Tasaku was a lowly stonecutter.Brief Book Summary: Tasaku is a stonecutter that wants to be a rich man. Tasaku gets his wishes granted and becomes rich and transforms in to many different things but in the end realizes being rich isn't as great as he thought it would be. In the end Tasaku realizes he is happiest as a stonecutter.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Horn Book Guide Online 32 pp. Crown ISBN 0-517-59864-7 PE ISBN 0-517-59865-5 (3) K-3 series. An angel grants a stonecutter's wish to be a rich man. Next, however, he wishes to become a powerful governor, then a farmer, then the sun, a cloud, a gust of wind, and a rock--until finally he wishes to return to being a stonecutter. McDermott's characteric style of art, with small characters and gold background, accompanies a straightforward text. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: 32 pp. Putnam ISBN 0-399-22187-5 (3) K-3 series. The classic tale of the stonecutter who has his wishes of wealth and power granted only to realize he was happiest as a stonecutter. Set in Japan, the tale is matched in spirit by the strong illustrations. Response to Two Professional Reviews: I agree with the reviews that the illustrations are one of the strongest part of the book. The classic theme of the grass isn't always greener on the other side is capture well in this story. I haven't read this folktale before but I enjoyed Mcdermott's version of the folktale. Evaluation of Literary Elements: This book would be better for older elementary students because of some of the advanced vocabulary featured in the book. If the book is used as a read aloud, it could help build students vocabulary even is they cannot read the story on their own yet. The message of the story is good for all ages but the illustration may be a little abstract for younger readers. Consideration of Instructional Application: This would be a great story to teach students to appreciate what they have in life. A teacher could read this story to the class and then ask each student want they are grateful for. Each student can draw or list out things in their life that they love and that make them happy. The overall lesson would be to look at the positive in life and appreciate what you have.

  • David
    2019-02-13 22:38

    The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale by Gerald McDermott tells the Japanese story of a foolish stonecutter who wishes to be all powerful. The stonecutter is granted a series of wishes by the spirit of the mountain, but none makes him all-powerful.McDermott hand colored large sheets of white bond paper with gouache, then cut out his design forms and mounted them as collages. Green, blue, purple, red and black predominate the very stylized art. My favorite images include the title page, stonecutter, spirit in the mountain, Tasuku as Prince, people beg for water, rivers overran banks, and final image. I enjoyed this wise tale about the folly of trying to become all powerful and how one should be careful of one's wishes. I liked the stylized collage art, though some may not care for it. The large, bold font makes this tale easy to read aloud, though it would also be effective as a told tale. For ages 6 and up, folk-tales, stonecutters, power, mountains, spirits, wishes, and fans of Gerald McDermott.

  • Min
    2019-02-14 23:17

    Ancient stories, from everywhere, are some of the earliest stories I was told as a child. The universality of the human experience shines through regardless of where, and when these tales are created.This is a brief and softly read story of someone striving to power, and learning what true power is, with, inevitably, Nature/ Time being the greatest. This author has produced many of the world's folk tales, and legends for publication. These would make a strong introduction to learning about life through the stories we tell, and have told each other for millennia.

  • Aryehl
    2019-02-12 03:17

    This tale does and excellent job illustrating "grass is greener" syndrome. Though there are few perspectives to explore in this story, the readers may consider its' main idea and talk about connections to their own lives. I felt that the illustrations are interesting, though a little abstract for young readers to decipher and the book may be more developmentally appropriate for late kindergartners who are able to imagine the story taking place rather than rely on illustrations. Young readers may take time using pictures to properly sequence events from this story.

  • Dotty
    2019-02-14 23:35

    Heard this author at PSLA.

  • Megan
    2019-02-12 05:36

    3.5 starsGreat lesson, but very dated illustrations.

  • Tawny
    2019-01-31 00:18

    Colorful artwork and a wonderful moral.

  • Bridget
    2019-02-13 22:11

    Have the audio version.

  • Eva
    2019-02-10 02:32

    really love the illustration, it's breathed Japanese :)

  • Theresa
    2019-02-15 23:37

    a lesson to learn about asking what you wish for....