The Tale of the Shining Princess


The Tale of the Shining Princess, 1980, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Viking Press, NY. 70 pages.

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This charming little book is a classic fairy tale from the Heian period of Japan. It is a Sally Fisher adaptation of a Donald Keene translation, and is illustrated with reproductions of a late 18th century edition of Taketori (The Bamboo Cutter) in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A bamboo cutter finds a tiny girl-child in a stalk of glowing bamboo. She grows into a beautiful princess who sets her suitors to impossible tasks. The Emperor himself pursues her.