Book Review: The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel

The Funny Little Woman

I have completed Book #2 from the "support your local library challenge" list of

 The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel is a Caldecott medal Winner of 1973. I am learning about awards. Do you know them? Randolph Caldecott Medal—The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 


Elizabeth Bluemie wrote an excellent article with pictures and descriptions of all the awards. A great resource can be found at:

So, what are you hoping to hear in tomorrow's announcement from the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards?

* The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel

Product Description

While chasing a dumpling, a little lady is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan.
Product Details
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 14, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140547533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140547535
 About The Book:

This is a story of a funny little woman who lives alone in her own little hut. She makes  dumplings  and one day, to her surprise, a  dumpling escaped through a crack in her floor. As she reaches for it, the floor gives way and the woman finds herself on a most unusual road surrounded by statues. They sound the alarm that the evil demon oni may be watching.

As the title of the book suggests, the funny lady finds everything in the world so very amusing that she chuckles, "Oh, tee-he-he-he, I'm not afraid of the oni." Soon the funny little woman is cooking for all the Oni in their homes with the help of a magic paddle. By the end, however, the woman wishes to return to her house and it is only when she is able to make the Oni laugh at her that she is able to escape and prosper.
The illustrations are well done by Blair Lent and so picturesque in simplicity with jade green forest scenes and brightly colored orange kimono. I especially like the lesson on character building, good things can come out of bad situations as long as you believe in yourself. The little woman kept her laughter even in a bad situation and that laughter is what helped her out of that bad situation. In addition to being a great folktale, Arlene Mosel's The Funny Little Woman is a Caldecott Medal Winner of 1973.

Warmest Regards,

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