Taro: Legendary Boy Hero of Japan, a review by Tanya

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Taro: Legendary Boy Hero of Japan
Blue Spruell, Miya Outlaw (Illustrator)

272 pages
Published March 31, 2021 by Out of the Blue Productions, LLC

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About the Book:

Tarō is the heroic tale of Japan’s legendary boy samurai. Author Blue Spruell reimagines traditional Japanese folklore in an historical fantasy adventure filled with samurai swords, martial arts, and mythical creatures from old Japan.

Lost in the mists of Mount Fuji . . . But no one can escape destiny.

The year is 1596, when samurai warlords fight for control of the Imperial throne. Tarō does not want to be a samurai like his father, but fate takes a hand when a witch enchants the boy. Gaining supernatural powers, and befriending the magical forest animals of Mount Fuji, Tarō saves a powerful warlord’s life and discovers his destiny—as he hurdles headlong into the total war for ultimate control of Japan.

My Review:

History was one of my least favorite subjects in school. So, it’s no surprise that my knowledge of Japanese historical events and Japanese folklore is almost zero.

Having the opportunity to read Taro: Legendary Boy Hero of Japan was great for me as it mixed these two subjects with fantasy (which I love) and wove a tale that was very enjoyable to read.

With interesting characters and beautiful imagery, this new rendition of Japanese folklore is recommended for ages 13+.

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