The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars by Jean Merrill

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Living in twelfth-century Japan, Izumi, a young girl who is fascinated by small creatures, especially caterpillars, ignores the rigid conventions of Japanese court life and the wishes of her parents to pursue her own interests and choices.
 

About Jean Merrill

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Jean Merrill is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children, including The Superlative Horse, The Black Sheep, and the wellknown satirical novel The Pushcart War. -->The illustrator of more than?sixty children's books, Floyd Cooper is?a past recipient of the Coretta?Scott King Award for Illustration and a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Visit his website at www.floydcooper.com.
 
Published October 21, 1992 by Philomel. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A 12th-century Japanese story, adapted from three credited translations, about a young woman of respectable rank who defies convention by refusing to pluck her eyebrows or blacken her teeth;

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Delicate, luminous oil paintings illustrate this 12th-century Japanese tale about an unconventional girl.

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