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Ama's Picture Books

My grandmother recently left me her entire collection of picture books and children's literature. The entire collection is comprised of over 300 books. I am attempting to read as many as possible in 2014.

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks - Katherine Paterson, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

written by Katherine Patterson, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon


I keep seeing that this story is a retelling of a famous Japanese folktale, but I cannot find any other sources for this story. There is a Japanese folktale about mandarin ducks, but it's very different from the story in this book.


There's also just something about the story (the text more than the illustrations) that bothers me. I can't quite pin it down though.