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The Seven Gods of Luck

Author: David Kudler

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This retelling of traditional Japanese fairy tale (written by JCF managing editor David Kudler with illustrations by Linda Finch) explores the myths and traditions of the Japanese New Year and the Shichifukujin — the Seven Gods of Luck.

Seven Gods of Luck cover“A lively adaptation of a Japanese folktale…. The well-paced, carefully plotted text has a sprightly partner in its stylized, gently colored illustrations.” – School Library Journal

“A sweetly illustrated retelling” – The New York Times

Sachiko and Kenji just want to welcome the new year in the proper way, but their mother tells them they don’t have the money for a New Year’s feast.

An act of generosity brings help from an unexpected source in this heartwarming Japanese classic.

May the Seven Gods of Luck visit you!

With notes by the author on Japanese New Traditions and the Seven Gods of Luck