The Boy of the Three-Year Nap

by Dianne Snyder

Illustrated by Allen Say

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1988

The laziest boy in the village wants to be rich without lifting a finger.  He devises a ploy to convince the local rich merchant that he must marry his daughter to himself.  Convincing the merchant that he is a god, he threatens to turn his daughter into a clay pot if he does not comply.  Taro’s plan works, and he is able to gain the hand of the merchant’s daughter, rebuild his mother’s home, and provide for them all.  Taro’s crafty mother makes a deal with the merchant that Taro doesn’t know about, however:  Taro will work for the merchant.

A terrific example of Japanese folklore, this picture book would be great for both World Literature in 12th grade and World History in 11th grade.

Awards: Caldecott Honor

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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