Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against one another, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord, Shinmei. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life.
"Clever weaving of history and fiction."
Having survived the cataclysmic battle of Sekigahara, which established the mighty Tokugawa Shogunate, young Musashi Miyamoto travels through Japan determined to proclaim his revolutionary epiphany that the "way of the sword", the ancient code that binds samurai to their masters, needs to be abolished.
What's a sociable spider to do? All Miss Spider wants is to invite some friends to tea. But the other bugs are afraid of her! Listeners of all ages will cheer for the gracious and beloved arachnid during her gentle and rewarding search for friends.
"Great for 2 & 3 YO"