A Caldecott Honor Book based on a Japanese folktale and highlighted by Allen Say's beautiful art.
Lazy Taro gets his comeuppance when his wise mother uses his trick to avoid work to her own advantage.
"The pictures, handsome in every respect, are done in Japanese style, and complement a well-crafted story." (Booklist; starred review)
Dianne Snyder spent part of her childhood in Japan, where she heard many traditional folk stories and trickster tales— like "The Boy of the Three-Year Nap"—told by itinerant storytellers. She now lives in Virginia.
Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, and came to the United States when he was sixteen. His many treasured books for children include Tree of Cranes, Allison, and the Caldecott Medal–winning Grandfather's Journey. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
"The pictures, handsome in every respect, are done in Japanese style, and complement a well-crafted story." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review —