A to Zen by Ruth Wells
A Book of Japanese Culture

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When people think of Japan, they think of an ancient land with temples and rock gardens, with eternal Mount Fuji brooding above the islands. But they also think of VCR's, bullet trains, and the high-tech neon clutter of Tokyo. Which is the real Japan? They are both real, both very much a part of modem Japan.

A to Zen opens up a series of windows that show young readers the broad sweep of Japanese culture. As the title suggests, letters play a part in the structure of this book, but this is not merely an alphabet book about Japan. Writer Ruth Wells has used the Roman alphabet like an adventurer uses a compass: the letters point the way to new frontiers and unexplored territory.


About Ruth Wells

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Ruth Wells grew up on a farm and has been a tractor driver, dishwasher, newspaper reporter and editor. She owned a children's bookstore, has worked for several publishers, and one of her favorite things in the whole world is talking about children's books to children, parents, teachers, librarians, or some stranger she meets in a bookstore. She has two children and lives in central Massachusetts at the edge of a shining lake.
Published August 1, 1992 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 28 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There's no ``X,'' a sensible solution to an often vexing problem, but other letters are missing, too: ``L,'' ``Q,'' ``V.'' (Also, though what would be the front of the book reads, ``This book begins on the other side,'' and it progresses in the reverse of the usual order, the title page is in the...

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Wells puts the alphabet to an unusual use--as a framework for an exploration of Japanese culture.

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