Battle of the monkey and the crab

Material Information

Battle of the monkey and the crab
Series Title:
Kobunsha's Japanese fairy tale series
Uniform Title:
Sarukani kassen
Alternate title:
Battle of the monkey & the crab
Place of Publication:
The Kobunsha
Publication Date:
2nd ed.
Physical Description:
[15] p. : col. ill. ; 15 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Fairy tales -- 1886 ( rbgenr )
Fairy tales -- Japan ( lcsh )
Crabs -- Folklore -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Monkeys -- Folklore -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Accordion fold format (Binding) -- 1886 ( rbbin )
Hand-colored illustrations -- 1886 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1886
Accordion fold format (Binding) ( rbbin )
Hand-colored illustrations ( rbgenr )
non-fiction ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
Japan -- Tokyo


General Note:
Cover title.
General Note:
On double leaves, traditional Oriental format.
General Note:
Translation of Sarukani kassen.
General Note:
Hand colored illustrations.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
027103305 ( ALEPH )
34294477 ( OCLC )
ALJ4328 ( NOTIS )

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A mlolnkey and a
crab once met
when going
round a

The monkey had picked up a

persimmon-seed, and the crab had

a piece of toasted rice-cake. The

monkey seeing this, and wishing

to get something that could be

turned to good account at once,

said: ''Pray, exchange that rice-

cake for this persimmon-seed."

The crab, without a word, gave

up his cake, and took the per-

simmon-seed and planted it. At

once it sprung up, and soon be-

came a tree so high one had to

look up at it. The tree was full

of persimmons but the crab had

no means of climbing the tree.

So he asked the monkey to climb

up and get the persimmons for him.

The monkey got up on a limb

of the tree and began to eat the

persimmons. The unripe persim-

mons he threw at the crab, but

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all the ripe and good ones he

put in his pouch. The crab under

the tree thus got his shell badly

bruised and only by good luck

escaped into his hole, where he

lay distressed with pain and not

able to get up. Now when the

relatives and household of the

crab heard how matters stood they

were surprised and angry, and

declared war and attacked the

monkey, who leading forth a nI-

merous following bid defiance to

the other party. The crabs, find-

ing themselves unable to meet and

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cope with this force, became still more ex-

asperated and enraged, and retreated into

their hole, and held a council of war.

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rIhen came a rice-mortar, pounds,
Sbee, and an egg, and together tLU'

ievi.ed a deop-laid p!ot to be re-w'..

First, they requested that peace

be made with the crabs; and thus

they induced the king of the mon-

keys to enter their hole unattend-

ed, and seated him on the hearth.

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plot, took the hibashi, or poker, to

stir up the slumbering fire, when

bang! went the egg, which was

lying hidden in the ashes, and

burned the monkey's arm. Sur-

prised and alarmed he plunged

his arm into the pickle-tub in tih

kitchen to relieve the pain uf the

burn. Then the bee -whic was

liidden near the tub s-tung iim

sharply in his face

already v wet with

"w i tears.

... BWithout

> v waiting to brush

off the bee and howling bitterly,

he rushed for the back door:

but just then some sea-weed en-

tangled his legs and made him

slip. Then, down came the pound-

er tumbling on him from a shelf,

and the mortar too came rolling

down on him from the roof of

the porch, and broke his back

and so weakened him that he

was unable to rise up. Then

uut came the crabs in a crowd

and brandishing on high their

pincers they pinched the mionl:ey

to pieces.

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