Japanese Nursery Rhymes: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain and Other Traditional Favorites (Share and Sing in Japanese & English; Includes Audio CD)

Danielle Wright (Author) Helen Acraman (Illustrator)


**2012 Creative Child Magazine Media of the Year Award Winner!**

A delightful collection of fifteen well-loved rhymes, Japanese Nursery Rhymes is the perfect introduction to Japanese language and culture for young readers.

What better way to learn the Japanese language than through rhymes and music. This beautifully illustrated multicultural book features songs and rhymes in both English and Japanese. Accompanied by an audio CD with recordings of kids singing in both languages -- songs so fun and charming, it will be nearly impossible for you not to sing along!

Favorite Japanese songs and rhymes include:
  • My Hometown
  • Bubbles
  • The Rabbit Dance
  • The Cradle Lullaby
  • and many more!

For preschoolers and beyond, this book will be a joy to the mind, the eye, the ear and the heart.

All disc content isáalternativelyáaccessible on tuttlepublishing.com/downloadable-content.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Tuttle Publishing
Publish Date
March 10, 2012
8.9 X 11.3 X 0.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Danielle Wright first began collecting nursery rhymes for her young son in 2005. In 2008 she created the award-winning multilingual book My Village: Rhymes from Around the World. Danielle has taught English to children in Japan and currently runs an at-home writing, public relations and editing business. She lives in New Zealand with her husband, two children and two cats.

Helen Acraman is a New Zealand artist living in Toronto, Canada. Her whimsical graphic works reflect a passion for environmental issues, natural living and the childlike quality that lives in everyone. Together, they wrote Korean Nursery Rhymes: Wild Geese, Land of Goblins and Other Favorite Songs and Rhymes, also available from Tuttle Publishing.


"Acraman's graphics combine a polished digital aesthetic with playfully anthropomorphic characters, including three stylized birds perched on a tree and endearing rabbits wearing "hachimaki" bandannas. Accessible verses and bright, welcoming pictures should have cross-cultural appeal while aiding in language learning." --Publishers Weekly
"They include authentically childlike celebrations of rabbits dancing, carp streamers "swimming happily in the air" and falling rain. There are also wistful memories of "My Hometown" and a festival song that begins, 'Our village guardian god's generosity / Is what we celebrate on this joyous day / Boom boom, whistle whistle'." --Kirkus Reviews
"The spacious format gives the art a chance to perform its magic. Pure saturated colors--honey yellows, tomato reds, and heavenly blues--are the backdrops for pictures that have the effect of woodcuts. The poems themselves showoff the charm and delicacy Wright discusses in her introduction." --Booklist
"I'd pair this book of Japanese nursery rhymes with All About Japan. It comes with an audio CD which is an easy way to expose kids to the Japanese language and culture." --PragmaticMom.com blog
"It would be an understatement to say that my son is obsessed with nursery rhymes in all three languages. It was great to find a book with English translations of some of the traditional Japanese songs that he particularly favors such as "Koi nobori"-- carp streamers and "Shabondama"--bubbles. The English translation is adapted to the melody so I can sing it too. The book comes with a CD and each song is performed in both languages. The illustrations are adorable! A very useful and stylish addition to my growing collection of children's books." --Tokyoholic blog
"Fifteen rhymes, one per spread, celebrate the changing seasons, flora and fauna, and idyllic rural life, providing an enchanting window into a culture that cherishes its close relationship with nature. [...] This collection holds appeal for anyone interested in the country and would be a wonderful addition to an international-themed storytime." --School Library Journal
"Danielle Wright first began collecting nursery rhymes from around the world for her son in 2005. In this colorful collection of fifteen verses, she includes an audio CD with children and parents singing along in both Japanese and English. Helen Acraman's delightful illustrations perfectly complement the songs and bring them to life." --The Children's Book Review