Book Reading in Japan
The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear
The ninja, the cowboy and the bear do everything together — they paint pictures, compare cloud shapes in the sky, fly kites and much more. Though each friend is very different from one another, they enjoy each other's company. Until one day when they begin quarreling and compete to see which one is the best. The bear can pile up rocks the highest. The cowboy can collect the most raspberries. The ninja can catch the most rabbits. When each contest leads to more resentment, it seems the friends will never stop disagreeing. Only when they learn to be considerate of their differences do they finally realize how much they appreciate each other.
This book is downright wonderful. It's completely original, for there's nothing else I've seen even remotely like it.
The story is simple, the message important, and the illustrations fun. Recommended.
The cute, yet stylized artwork combined with a fun story about friendship and celebrating differences make this legend an unforgettable one.
In all it's a wonderfully integrated package about friendship, competition and the celebration of difference.
Every once in a while, you come across a book that will surely change the face of childhood. This one is it!