Illustrators

Suekichi Akaba

Suekichi Akaba 赤羽末吉

Suekichi Akaba (1910–1990)  was born in Tokyo and worked as both an author and illustrator of picture books, and also as a stage designer. For his work as an illustrator, he received separate Sankei Children's Book Awards in 1965 for Momotaro (Peach Boy; story by Tadashi Matsui) and for Shiroi ryu, kuroi ryu (White Dragon, Black Dragon; story by Hisako Kimishima). He won the same award once again in 1968 for Suho no shiroi uma (Suho and the White Horse; story by Yuzo Otsuka), which also became a finalist for the American Library Association's Mildred L. Batchelder Award. He received the Kodansha Award for Illustration in 1973 for Genpei emaki, Koromogawa no yakata (Genpei Picture Scroll: The Koromogawa Palace), and the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Arts Award in 1975 for Hoen no ike no kappa (The Kappa in Hoen Pond; story by Hatoju Muku). In 1980 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration for his lifelong contributions to children's books.

Books by Suekichi Akaba
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    The Crane Wife

    This is a retelling of an old and beloved Japanese folk tale about a beautiful woman's sacrifice for her husband. Young Yohei lives a meager life in a remote mountain hamlet where the snows are deep. One day he rescues a crane that has been wounded by a h …

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    Suho and the White Horse: A Mongolian Folk Tale

    This book retells a folk tale about the origins of the morin khuur (lit. horse-head fiddle), a Mongolian stringed instrument. A poor shepherd boy named Suho lives with his grandmother on the grassy plains of Mongolia. One day he rescues a newbo …

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