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Books for Children

Along with novels and books devoted to travel, current events, and Japanese history, Japan was also a subject much taken up in books for children: human geography textbooks, illustrated fairy tales adapted from Japanese originals, missionary tracts, attempts at cross-cultural understanding, and adventure tales. Below are five representative titles from the period.

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Story of Little Metzu: The Japanese Boy

Helen L. Campbell, Story of Little Metzu: The Japanese Boy, Educational Publishing Company, 1905
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Little People of Japan

Mary Muller, Little People of Japan: A Story of Japanese Child-Life, A. Flanagan Company, 1902.
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History of Japan

Helen Ainslie Smith, History of Japan: In Words of One Syllable, A. L. Burt Company, 1887.
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Our Little Japanese Cousin

Mary Hazelton Wade, Our Little Japanese Cousin, L. C. Page & Company, 1901.
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Japanese Fairy Tales

Teresa Pierce Williston, Japanese Fairy Tales, Rand McNally & Co., 1904.
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