A delightful tale, one known to very child in Japan, about a boy’s love for chestnuts, and an old woman who is is not as sweet as she seems! She is in fact a fearsome a yamanba, a shape-changing witch! Luckily, the boy’s wise Uncle has given him three paper charms to help him escape her clutches – and when she pursues him all the way to their home, the old man has a very clever solution to deal with her. Permanently!  Told with beautiful kamishibai – 16 large pictures mounted in their own traditional wooden frame or stage.

Teachers! Some ideas for pre- and post-viewing activities, as well as related resources  Resource 3 magic charms