The Princess with the Magic Bowl is an old folk/fairy tale retold from the Japanese. The Princess, daughter of a Samurai, or Japanese warlord, faced many hardships while growing up. Her mother died when the Princess was 13 years old, and before dying, she placed a wooden bowl upon the little girl¿s head. The bowl would not come off. Many were afraid of her, even her father.She was teased and taunted by all the neighborhood children. Lonely and sad, she left her father¿s house. After many adventures, the Princess finally found friendship and love.
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The author, Reiko Odate Matsumoto, heard her mother read stories in Japanese when she was a little girl in Hawaii more than 75 years ago. Her parents had emigrated to America a few years before, and spoke little or no English. Japanese was Reiko¿s first language. Reiko loved to hear the magical tale of The Princess with the Magic Bowl. She wrote a translation of this story but put it away and forgot about it. She discovered the yellowed pages of the story while organizing her belongings in preparation for moving. She took the story out of her files and decided to retell and publish it. Reiko lives in Ashburn, Virginia. She and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren.
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