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The Cormorants and the Pirate King

Story Stats

Rating: 4
Grade Level: 5
Page count: 12



Appeared in

Over the Horizon: Around the World in Fifteen Stores

Story Summary

Having sprained her ankle, Matsue is lying in a bamboo grove by the river waiting for her brother, Toshio, to bring help. When she hears men's voices she is sure that it is a band of river pirates. Fortunately, it turns out to be kindly Cormorant fishermen enlisted by her brother to help bring her home. A nice introduction to the traditional Japanese style of fishing using trained Cormorants.