Cover image for Little Kunoichi, the ninja girl / written and illustrated by Sanae Ishida.
Title:
Little Kunoichi, the ninja girl / written and illustrated by Sanae Ishida.
ISBN:
9781570619540
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Little Bigfoot, [2015].
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Abstract:
"Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever--and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Autumn Festival"-- Provided by publisher. Includes facts about martial arts.
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Summary

Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever--and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Island Festival. Ninja skills don't come easily to Little Kunoichi. She needs determination--and a special friend--to unleash her power!


Author Notes

SANAE ISHIDA grew up drawing princesses, reading Japanese comic books, and writing stories she never shared with anyone. She enjoyed stints in wide-ranging fields including illustration, education, technology, retail, and theater arts. When not creating on the page, she designs children's clothing, teaches sewing, and overly shares stories at sanaeishida.com. She lives in Seattle with her wonderful husband and fabulous daughter--inspiration for Little Kunoichi.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

On a "super secret island" in a "super super secret village," a ninja girl in training, Little Kunoichi, is struggling at school. Newcomer Ishida draws plenty of humor out of Little Kunoichi's situation: "Should have worn the black one," reads a caption next to an image of Little Kunoichi standing against a brick wall while wearing a not-so-stealthy magenta ninja uniform (even her pet rabbit remembered to wear a black one). But Ishida's playful narrative and folk art-like paintings convey significant empathy for Little Kunoichi, never having too much fun at her expense (even when she hits a wild boar with a shuriken, instead of her target). Working with Chibi Samurai, a boy whose studies are proving similarly daunting, the children shugyo (train "like crazy") to put on a showstopping performance at the Island Festival. Capping a warm, funny, and encouraging story line about the value of hard work and dedication, Ishida includes an array of information in the endnotes, expanding on references in the text and art to sumo wrestling, ninja training, and other aspects of Japanese language and culture. Ages 3-7. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

A little ninja girl finds her training (climbing, hiding, star-throwing, nunchucks) not so easy. When she meets a little boy having the same trouble learning to be a samurai, they decide to shugyo together--train like crazy--for the upcoming Island Festival. Humor in both the lively text and colorful art adds lots of appeal to this adept lesson in perseverance. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.