Momotaro, the Peachboy

Tales in celebration of Asia Pacific Heritage Month

Peachboy bookcoverFor Asia Pacific Heritage Month, the Children's Room at Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood library had two special kamishibai performances of Momotaro, the peach boy. Children were shown a variety of pictures explaining that Asia is a huge continent, comprised of many different countries, cultures and climates, and  that our story time would focus on Momotaro, a folk tale from Japan. 

Momotaro is a story about a baby who emerges from a giant peach and is adopted by a kindly older couple.  When Momotaro grows up, he sees his village attacked by ogres, or oni, who steal away food and treasure and flee to Onigashima, the Ogre's Island. Momotaro then embarks on a quest to defeat the ogres and save the village, with the help of a dog, monkey and bird.

Origami samurai hatThe librarian began by clacking together two wooden blocks, signaling the opening of the story. Kamishibai means "paper theatre" in Japanese. The storyteller uses illustrated boards to tell a tale from beginning to end. Children participated by clapping their hands for thunder and shouting "banzai!" -- Japanese for "hooray" -- at the end of the tale. Children also participated in crafts, decorating origami samurai hats made from newspaper.  

Learn more about kamishibai, Japanese folk tales and origami by visiting the links below!


Book Cover Book cover Origami books

Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling
by Diane de las Casas
JUV PTC 372.66 
DE LAS CASAS 

Japanese Children's Favorite Stories
by Florence Sakade
JUV 398.2
JAPANESE VOL 2

Books on origami in the DC Public Library catalog