The Princess and the Warrior : A tale of two Volcanoes

By Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers – 2016)

Izta was the most beautiful princess in the land, and suitors traveled from far and wide to woo her. But Izta had no desire to marry a man of wealth and power. Instead she fell in love with Popoca, a brave warrior who fought in her father’s army – and a man who did no offer her riches but a promise to stay by her side forever. Today two majestic volcanoes-Popocatelpetl and Iztaccihuart-stand overlooking Mexico City. They have been admired and created many myths. The author and illustrator, Duncan Tonatiuh, retells one of Mexico’s cherished legends.


Iztaは国中で最も美しい王女で、求婚者がいつもやってきた。しかし、Iztaは権力者ともお金持ちとも結婚を望んでいなかった。代わりに、父親の軍隊として戦った勇敢なる戦士Popocaに恋をしていた。Popocaは王女に富を提供できないが、永遠に王女のそばを離れない約束をしていた。今日でも二つの火山ーPopocatelpetl(ポポカテペトルはメキシコ富士とも日系人が呼ぶ活火山)とIztaccihuart(イスタシワトルは女性が横になっている姿のような死火山)は、メキシコシティーを見下ろしている。昔から人々を感嘆させてきたこの二つの火山には、様々な言い伝えが存在している。著者兼イラストレーターのDuncan Tonatiuhは、メキシコの歴史ある物語をこの絵本に蘇らせた。

Natasha Wing’s The Night before Class Picture Day

By Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Amy Wummer ( Grosset & Dunlap – 2016)

It was the night before school picture day, the parents were fretting over unruly hair of their children. Showing all class children’s exciting and joyful and worry moments and things on the picture taking day. A week later came pictures of themselves to take home. Most families were happy with their photos, but some families were glad to have a do-over day.



Words are not for Hurting

By Elizabeth Verdick, Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen (Free Spirit Publishing-2004)

This engaging book uses age-appropriate vocabulary and delightful illustrations to teach children that their words belong to them: they can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. ”Activities and discussion Starters” pages are found on the end.>>>This is one of Best Behavior series. (see the full series at

実用を目的としたこの絵本は、年相応の単語を使って明るく解りやすいイラストで、子ども達に言葉は自分のものであることを教えている。つまり、言葉を発する前に考え、そしてどんな言葉をどのような表現で選ぶのかを促している。巻末には、子ども達と話し合う指導案もついている。>>>この絵本はBest Behaviosrシリーズの中の一冊である。(すべてのシリーズは )

Yuki and the one thousand carriers  

By Gloria Whelan, Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene (Sleeping Bear Press – 2008)

Inspired on the nineteenth-century Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige and his series of “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.” In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japanese provincial governors had to travel to Edo (modern-day Tokyo) as making a long line with thousand attendants (carriers).Yuki’s father has been called to Edo, and she and her mother must accompany him in this royal procession. To ease her homesickness, Yuki capture her thoughts and impression in Haiku, one of Japanese forms of poetry.

19世紀の日本人芸術家の歌川広重と彼の作品 ”東海道五十三次” にインスパイアされて生まれた絵本。17世紀、18世紀の日本の大名は、江戸への旅に、千人もの付き人からなる長蛇の行列で出かけた。Yukiの父親が江戸に呼ばれ、Yukiと母親も同行する為に、この行列に加わった。望郷の念を和らげる為に、Yukiは旅での思い出や印象を俳句にしたためた。(注:著者による江戸時代の参勤交代の説明が、江戸と京都に半分ずつ出向くとした解釈は、江戸以前の制度との混乱があるかも知れない。-N.T.M.)

The Treasure Box

By Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Candlewick Press – 2013)

When the enemy bombed the library, everything burned. Only one book survived. A book that Peter’s father had taken home to study and he loved it more than any other. Peter and his father joined the other fleeing the city, as taking the treasure box in which keep the book. As the years go by, Peter never forgot the treasure box and one day he returned to find it. This is the tale of the power of words, the importance of stories, and resilience of the human spirit.