The Magic Purse by Yoshiko Uchida

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On his way to a sacred shrine, a young farmer takes the wrong path and comes to the dreaded Black Swamp, full of quicksand and slithering snakes. Though he longs to flee, he takes pity on a girl held prisoner by the ruler of the swamp. He courageously sticks to his promise to help--with amazing results. Watercolor illustrations.

About Yoshiko Uchida

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An award winning novelist and great chronicler of the Japanese American world of the 19th and 20th century. Eileen Spinelli is the author of many children's books. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli. Keiko Narahashi is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including "Without Wings, Mother, How Can I Fly?" by Norma Farber. Ms. Narahashi lives with her family in New York City.
Published September 30, 1993 by Margaret K. McElderry. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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A Japanese folktale about a poor young farmer who promises a mysterious girl that he will deliver a message to her parents in the fearsome Red Swamp, from which no man returns alive.

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Surely you deserve all the riches that have come your way.'' For the most part, Uchida ( Journey Home ;

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