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The farmer and his family can't wait to escape the Poor God who lives in their attic They'll leave before the sun comes up and they'll never be poor againBut something keeps them from leaing and in their Poor God they find richness they would not have found anywhere elseRuth Well's retelling of this Japanese folktale with Yoshi's lush illustratuons creates a compelling book and reminds us that sometimes what we're looking for is in the most unexpected places

10 thoughts on “Farmer and the Poor God: A Folk Tale from Japan

  1. says:

    Allegedly based on a Japanese folktale Illustrations weren't bad The story just felt flat for want of a better word 245

  2. says:

    Genre Traditional Literature Folk TaleAwards NoneAudience Grades 2 5thA The main character is a farmer who lives in the mountains of Japan He believes that he is working so hard but is actually lazy In the attic space of the poor farmer and his wife's house lives a Poor God The Poor God also named Bimbogami stands for bad luck and it is believed that if he gets a hold of you you will never be rich The Poor God is portrayed as a burden as the farmer and his wife believe the reason they are broke is because of the Poor God rather than claiming responsibility for not working They choose to move but when the Poor God figures out they are leaving rather than confronting them he weaves them sandals for their journey However the farmer and his wife decide not to move any but the Poor God continues to weave The next character that comes along in the story is a man from a village down the road who's eye is caught by the Poor God's beautiful sandals The Poor God is kind and offers the man a pair for free The old farmer is jealous and decided to take the Poor God's sandals and sell it himself bringing back tons of resources The old farmer asked the Poor God to make them some and he generously agrees but puts the family to work as well The family soon realized how the Poor God had changed their life and when the Japanese holiday came for the Poor God to leave a Rich God the final character introduced replaced him But the family chose to Poor God instead because they realized how much he meant to themB I have not read any stories that are similar or are variations of this story This is a Japanese folktale so I am not sure that there are any folk tales that are similar in English However I do know there are many folk tales that center around a common theme of money not buying happiness so this folk tale could be another country's variation of that C I would not use this story for storytelling because I am not very familiar with the book or anything that is similar to it in our culture I would rely on the text and wouldn't be able to just re tell it from memory Because I don't know the story very well my storytelling would lack emotion and emphasis In addition there is a lot of text and the story line is not very short or simple so I wouldn't be able to tell the plot just from memory Therefore I would rather choose a story that I could re tell from memory and that I could use improvisation with Lastly a huge part of story telling is reciting stories that are culturally important or well known Since this is a Japanese folk tale it would not have as much meaning for the students D uestion Explain why you think the farmer chose to keep the Poor God rather than the Rich God?Possible answers Because the Poor God gave them something much special than money

  3. says:

    This beautifully written and illustrated Japanese folktale is very heartwarming The overall theme running through the story is that you do not have to be rich to be truly happy and that you can make the best of your situation even if you are financially poor Another concept presented in the story is that help will come when it is truly needed The Japanese folk art style is so beautiful that it can touch all ages An idea for a craft would be to have the children decorate a pair of sandals or flip flops

  4. says:

    This had a taste into the Japanese culture There were vocabulary words from the Japanese language and references to some of their beliefs I liked that about the book It also had a good message to it and that was money isn't everything It doesn't matter how wealthy a family is what matters is the happiness that they have A lot of children could relate to this book by not having much money or wealth

  5. says:

    Used this story to fulfill a reuirement for Storytelling in Toastmasters International