Tauro Miura’s The Tiny King is a picture book from Japan that was just published in the US last year. The illustrations caught my eye at the library, so we checked it out, and the girls have been reading it at least once a day. Stella is especially attached to it.
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The Tiny King tells the story of a small king. He lives in a big castle, eats at a big table, and has a huge bathtub.
He is very lonely. He has his army march around with him to keep him company.
The King meets a “big princess” and they get married. They have 10 children, and the castle is no longer empty. The King sends his army home to their families.
The big Queen and 10 children fill the table, the tub, and even the King’s big bed. He isn’t lonely anymore.
Like I said, my girls have really enjoyed this book, and I think it’s cute enough. Read critically, there are some cultural differences. The family taking a bath together and all sleeping in the same bed is a little outside of US norms, but all in all, it’s a sweet story about family.
Here’s what Brontë thought of The Tiny King:
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