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Bodkin, Odds, The Crane Wife, Harcourt Brace & Co.: New York, 1998.
Buck, Pearl, S., The Big Wave,   :NY, 1947.
Coerr, Eleanor, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Putnam, 1977.
Johnson, The Boy Who Drew Cats, Picture Book Studio Ltd.: MA, 1991.
Ikeda, Daisaku, The Cherry Tree, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1991.
Kasamatsu, Shiro & McCarthy, Ralph, F., The Inch-High Samurai, 1993.
Keo, Ena, The Crane Wife, Steck Vaughn Co.: Texas, 1998.
Kimmel, Eric A., The Greatest of All, Holiday House: NY, 1991.
Kroll, Virginia, A Carp for Kimiko, Charlesbridge: MA, 1993.
Maraki, Toshi, Hiroshima No Pika,                  1945.
McCarthy, Ralph F., Grandfather Cherry-Blossom, Kodansha International: NY, 1993.
Melmed, Jaura Krauss, The First Song Ever Sung, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books:NY, 1993.
Mosel, Arlene, The Funny Little Woman, E.P. Dutton: New York, 1972.
Morimoto, Junko, My Hiroshima, Viking: New York, 1990.
Morimoto, Junko, The Inch Boy, Puffin Books: NY, 1988.
Paterson, Katherine, The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, Scholastic Inc.: NY, 1990.
Sakade, Florence (ed.), Little One Inch, Charles E. Tuttle Co.: 1958.
Sakai, Kimiko, Sachiko Means Happiness, Children's Book Press: CA, 1990.
Sakurai, Gail, Peach Boy, Troll Associates, Inc.: NJ, 1994.
Say, Allen, Grandfather's Journey, Houghton Mifflin Co.: New York, 1993.
Say, Allen, How My Parents Learned to Eat, Houghton Mifflin Co.: NY, 1984.
Say, Allen, The Bicycle Man, Scholastic Inc.: NY, 1982.
Say, Allen, The Lost Lake, Houghton Mifflin Co.: Boston, 1989.
Snyder, Dianne, The Boy of the Three-Year Nap, Houghton Mifflin Co.: Boston, 1988.
Stamm, Claus, Three Strong Women, Viking Penguin: NY, 1962.
Tsuchiya, Yukio, Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War, Houghton Mifflin Co.: NY, 1988.
Yagawa, Sumiko, The Crane Wife, Mulberry Books: NY, 1979.
Yashima, Mitso and Taro, Momo's Kitten, Puffin Books: NY, 1977.
Yashima, Taro, Crow Boy, Puffin Books: NY, 1976.
Yashima, Taro, Umbrella, Puffin Books: NY, 1958.
Yep, Laurence, Hiroshima: A Novella.        :NY, 1995.


Bruno, Navasky (Selections & Translations by), Festival in My Heart Poems by Japanese Children, Harry N. Abrams: New York, 1993.

Cassedy, Sylvia, Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder, Harper LB, 1992.



Baines, John D., Japan, Raintree Steck-Vaughn Pub.: TX
Examines the landscape, climate, natural resources, population, daily life and government of Japan.

Birmingham, Lucy, Japan, Gareth Stevens Pub.: London, 1990.
Describes people of Japan, life at home and in school, customs, work, celebrations, and government.

Blackstock, Laurie and Zubot, Carla, Discovering Today's Japan, Oxford University Press: Canada, 1998.
Introduces changes in Japan since end of WWII.  Through a Japanese family, we learn about life at work, at school, and at play.  Includes hands-on activities.

Cobb, Vicki, This Place is Crowded - Japan, Walker & Co.: New York, 1992.
Describes transportation, home life, education, holidays, and other aspects of life in heavily populated island of Japan.

Davidson, Judith, Japan, Where East Meets West, Dillon Press, Inc.: MINN, 1983.
An introduction to the history and the culture of Japan including a discussion of Japanese in the United States.

Doran, Clare The Japanese, Thomason Learning: New York, 1995.
Informative resources on the historical past of Japan.

Flint, David, Japan, Steck-Vaughn: Texas, 1993.
An illustrated introduction to the geography, history, industries, people, customs, and famous landmarks of Japan.

Goodfellow, Gibb, Japan - A Family Visit, Oxford University Press: Toronto, 1986.
Excellent resource on present day life in Japan with suggested activities at the end of each section.

Harvey, Miles, Look What Came from Japan, Franklin Watts: NY, 1999.
Describes many things that originated in Japan including inventions, art, food, fashion, furniture, toys, animals, musical instruments and sports.

Haskins, Jim, Count Your Way Through Japan, Carolhoda Books, Inc.: Minneapolis, 1987.
Presents numbers one through ten in Japanese, using each number to introduce concepts about Japan and it's culture.

Heinrichs, Ann, Japan, Children's Press: New York, 1997.
Introduces history, geography, economy, people and culture of Japan.

Kalman, Bobbie, Japan the Culture, Crabtree Pub. Co.: New York, 1989.
                       Japan the People,
Crabtree Pub. Co.: New York, 1989.
                       Japan the Land,
Crabtree Pub. Co.: New York, 1989.

Keo, Ena, Japan, Steck-Vaughn Co.: Texas, 1998.
Simple introduction to Japan.

Knorr, Rosanne, If I Lived in Japan..., Longstreet Press: Georgia, 1995.
Introduces daily customs and language of children living in Japan.  Phonetic guide on each page with pronunciation and meaning.

Kuklin, Susan, Kodomo Children of Japan, G.P. Putnam's Sons: NY, 1995.
Children guide readers through traditional Japanese activities.  Wonderful photos showing children at home and at school.

Marx, David, Japan, Children's Press: New York, 1999.
An introduction to the geography, people and culture of Japan.

Okijk, Pamela, The Japanese, Silver Burdett Press: NJ, 1991.
Surveys the history of old Japan and describes it's life and culture before the country was opened up to the West.

Omotani, Les, Konnichi wa Japan, National Textbook Co.: IL, 1994.
Engaging story focusing on a family's visit to Japan and a Japanese family.  Reveals customs and characteristics of daily life in Japan.  Filled with interesting facts and statistics and beautiful phtographs.

Pluckrose, Henry, Japan, Franklin, Watts: CT, 1998.
Introduces people, culture, weather, landscapes and cities of Japan.

Richardson, Adele, Japan, Creative Education: Minnesota, 1999.
Introduces the geography, home and school life, foods, transportation, and working conditions of the islands nation of Japan.

Sichel, Marion, Japan, Chelsea House Pubs.: New York, 1997.
Reference book on National costumes and clothes of Japan.

Tames, Richard, Exploration Into Japan, New Discovery Books: New Jersey, 1995.
Text and photos introduce life in a country well known for valuing calmness and harmony.

Tames, Richard, Passport to Japan, Franklin Watts: New York, 1994.
Factual information on the people, land economy, government, home and leisure life in Japan.

Tames, Richard and Sheila, Japan Things to Make Activities Facts, Franklin Watts: New York, 1994.
Provides craft and other useful information about Japan.

Walker, Richard, Japan, Steck -Vaughn Co.: TX, 1993.
Examines the geography, history, government, economy, culture, and people of Japan.

Wood, Jenny, The Children's Atlas of People and Places, Milbrook Press: CT, 1993.
Maps, facts, and illustrations showing the diverse places and people of our planet.

Zurlo, Tony, Japan, Superpower of the Pacific, Macmillan Pub. Co.: NY, 1991.
Examines the geography, history, culture, and people of Japan.


Teacher Resources

All Japan: The Catalogue of Everything Japanese
Quarto Marketing Ltd. (1984)
212 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10010

Hands On Culture of Japan Reproducibles
J. Weston Walch, Publisher (1997)
P.O. Box 658
Portland, Maine  04104

Japan Activity Book
Edupress (1994)
P.O. Box 883
Dana Point, CA  92629

What I Want to Know about Japan
Japan Information Center
Consulate General of Japan
299 Park Avenue
New York, NY  10171


Music of Japan
Our Musical Heritage Series
Concord Video, 1987.

Rabbit Ears Productions, Inc.: CT, 1991.

  • Living in the City

  • Our Own Special Culture
    Discovering Japan Series
    Films Incorporated
    5547 N. Ravenswood
    Chicago, IL  60640-1199
    (312) 878-2600 x43

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1990)
Informed Democracy
P.O. Box 67
Santa Cruz, CA  95063

How to Fold a Paper Crane
Informed Democracy
P.O. Box 67
Santa Cruz, CA  95063

The Peace of Paper  An lntroduction to Origami
World Information Videos, Inc.
310 Riverside Drive #200 B
New York, NY  10025

Nippon  The Land & Its People Video Series (1989)\par     NCS Video J/V

B & Cl Inc.
Hillcrest Hirakawacho 1F
2-5-7 Hirakawacho
Chiyoda - ku
Tokyo, 102, Japan

Portrait of an Artist - Isamu Noguchi (1980)
Home Visions Programs
Whitegate Productions



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