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The Kappa In Japanese Folklore

  • Kappas are legendary creatures that inhabit the rivers and waterways of Japan. They have beaked noses, shells on their back and a depression on their heads that holds water. Kappa are mischievous troublemakers. Their pranks range from the relatively innocent, such as loudly passing gas or looking up women's kimonos, to the more troublesome such as drowning swimmers and eating children. They feed on their victims by sucking their liver though their anus. They love cucumbers and if you write your name on a cucumber and throw it in the river, the kappa may be appeased by your gift and allow you to swim in peace.

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November 09, 2007



OMG, I LOVED most of your choices! I read and reread and reread them sooo many times!


Oh my gosh! Am I a terrible mom, that i dont have any favorites??? I just read the library books that come home with my daughter every coupple days & they are always very mystical, and bright & loud and crazy choices so I never remeber them !Ha! WhaT A BAD mommie~!!!LOL


Hmmm.... Max used to have favorite books that he loved to hear over and over (like Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki), but lately we've just been reading whatever we happen to get our hands on. No particular favorite, but a bunch of good reads. In no particular order, recent books have been:

Carbonel, the King of the Cats (Barbara Sleigh)
Phoebe and Chub (Matthew Henry Hall)
Marshmallow (Clare Turlay Newberry)
Sector 7 (David Wiesner)--I love his books: no words, lovely pictures
Tuesday (David Wiesner)

Thanks for your list, I'm going to have to find them at the library!

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