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New Year's Hats for the Statues

Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
Page count: 6
Categories: Folk Tale, Japanese, Winter

Author

Yoshiko
Uchida

Appeared in

The Sea of Gold

Story Summary

A poor old man, unable to sell his reed hats in a snow storm, puts them on the heads of six stone statues of Jizo, the guardian spirit of children. His kindness is repaid the next morning when six strangers arrive with food for the winter.