The Twins 4, The Japanese Twins Illustrated Edition by Lucy Fitch Perkins

By Lucy Fitch Perkins

Sign up for Taro and Take, five year-old jap twins, as they greet a brand new child brother, play of their backyard, and thrill to the points of interest they see after they trip in rickshaws to the temple to have their new brother blessed. A wet day reveals them portray photographs with coloured sands and harnessing beetles with thread, then getting ready for his or her first day of faculty. the tale concludes with the get together in their birthday-on various days! For Take and all of the different ladies in Japan rejoice their birthday on at some point with a banquet of Dolls, and Taro and the entire boys rejoice on one other day with a dinner party of Flags.

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You haven't either," said Taro. "We both of us didn't beat then," said Take. " Taro backed up to Take, and she tied his sash in a twinkling. Then she held up her sash. "Now, you tie mine for me, Taro," she said. "Wait until Mother can help you," said Taro. " "Oh, please, Taro," said Take. "I tied yours for you. " "Well, you know what Father said," Taro answered. "He said you are a girl and must mind me. " "He said you should be kind and noble, too," said Take. " She looked at him sidewise. "Please do," she said.

It's Kwannon's little horse," the Father said. " Taro held out the plate. The little white pony put his nose in the plate and ate them all up! He sniffed up Taro's sleeve as if he wanted more. Take patted his back. " she asked. "Kwannon is a beautiful goddess who loves little children," said the Father. " asked Taro. "This is her Temple, where people come to worship," the Father answered. " asked Take. "Yes; we brought you both here when you were a month old, just as we are bringing Bot'Chan now," the Father replied.

Let me carry him," Take begged. "No, let me," said Taro. But Natsu said, "No, no, I will carry him myself. " So Taro and Take and their Father all tiptoed quietly into the Mother's room, and sat down on the floor beside her bed. They sat on the floor because everybody sits on the floor in Japan. The bed was on the floor, too. It was made of many thick quilts, and the pillow a little block of wood! We should think it very uncomfortable, but the Twins' Mother did not think so. She lay with the wooden pillow under her head in such a way that her hair was not mussed by it—instead, it looked just as neat as if she were going to a party.

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