cover image The Silver Charm

The Silver Charm

Robert D. San Souci. Doubleday Books for Young Readers, $15.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-385-32159-4

Kidnapped by an ogre, a child offers a precious amulet in exchange for his life in The Silver Charm: A Folktale from Japan by Robert D. San Souci, illus. by Yoriko Ito. Satsu's faithful friends a puppy and a fox cub rescue him in this traditional Ainu tale from Japan's Hokkaido island. Dark watercolors add an authentic feel. (May)