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In Battle of the Monkey & the Crab, Anonymous takes us back in time to a classic Japanese folktale that teaches valuable life lessons through an entertaining narrative. This beautifully illustrated story is bound to captivate readers of all ages.

The tale begins with a mischievous monkey who stumbles upon a lonely crab hiding under a seashell. Sensing an opportunity, the cunning monkey tricks the crab into swapping their homes. But little does he know that the crab has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Anonymous does an excellent job of creating vivid characters with distinct personalities. The monkey’s wily nature and the crab’s cleverness are relatable and lovable, making readers empathize with both sides of the conflict. The author weaves a seamless blend of humor, suspense, and adventure throughout the story, keeping readers engaged from start to finish.

One of the remarkable aspects of this folktale is how it conveys valuable life lessons without feeling preachy. Through the battle of wits between the monkey and the crab, readers learn the importance of honesty, mindfulness, and thinking before acting. The wisdom embedded within the narrative is subtle yet powerful, leaving a lasting impact on readers long after they've finished reading.

The illustrations in Battle of the Monkey & the Crab are absolutely stunning. The vibrant colors and meticulous details bring the story to life, providing a visual feast for the eyes. Each page is filled with intricate landscapes, adorable animal characters, and captivating action scenes that enhance the overall reading experience.

While the book is written for a younger audience, its themes and narrative depth make it equally appealing to adults. It serves as a reminder that the choices we make can have significant consequences, and that empathy and understanding are essential in resolving conflicts.

Overall, Battle of the Monkey & the Crab is a delightful and insightful read, suitable for both children and adults alike. It's a timeless tale that showcases the power of storytelling to convey important life lessons. Anonymous has crafted a masterpiece that is sure to be enjoyed for generations to come.

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~Griffith, Farran & Co., London.

Kobunsha Tokyo~

~All Rights Reserved.~



A monkey and a crab once met when going round a mountain.


The monkey had picked up a persimmon seed, and the crab had a piece of toasted rice cake. The monkey seeing this, and wishing to get something that could be turned to good account at once, said: "Pray, exchange that rice cake for this persimmon seed." The crab, without a word, gave up his cake, and took the persimmon seed and planted it. At once it sprung up, and soon became a tree so high one had to look up at it. The tree was full of persimmons but the crab had no means of climbing the tree. So he asked the monkey to climb up and get the persimmons for him. The monkey got up on a limb of the tree and began to eat the persimmons. The unripe persimmons he threw at the crab, but all the ripe and good ones he put in his pouch. The crab under the tree thus got his shell badly bruised and only by good luck escaped into his hole, where he lay distressed with pain and not able to get up. Now when the relatives and household of the crab heard how matters stood they were surprised and angry, and declared war and attacked the monkey, who leading forth a numerous following bid defiance to the other party... Continue reading book >>

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