aro Yashima was the pseudonym of Atsushi Iwamatsu, a Japanese artist who lived in the USA during World War II. Iwamatsu was born September 21, 1908, in Nejima, Kimotsuki District, Kagoshima, and raised there on the southern coast of Kyushu. His father was a country doctor who collected oriental art and encouraged art in his son. After studying for three years at the Imperial Art Academy in Tokyo, Iwamatsu became a successful illustrator and cartoonist. At one point both he and his wife Tomoe went to jail for his opposition to the militaristic government. In 1939, they went to the United States to study art, leaving behind their son Mako. After Pearl Harbor, Iwamatsu joined the U.S. Army and went to work as an artist for the Office of Strategic Services. It was then that he first used the pseudonym Taro Yashima, out of fear there would be repercussions for Mako and other family members if the Japanese government knew of his employment. He died in 1994.
Crow Boyby Taro Yashima, Jerry Terheyden (Read by)
"A shy mountain boy in Japan leaves his home at dawn and returns at sunset to go to the village school. Pictures and text of moving and harmonious simplicity".--Saturday Review. Caldecott Honor Book. Full-color illustrations.
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- 8.36(w) x 11.72(h) x 0.13(d)
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- 5 - 8 Years
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My son isn't very sociable with others unless he knows them, and while watching him I noticed a similarity between him and the lead character in Crow Boy. After this, I re-read the book and found even more beauty in it than before. I love my son and how he tries to imitate animals, and I love this book since the Crow Boy does exactly the same thing. Although lonely, the Crow Boy is content, and content is enough.
Though not stated explicitly, Crow Boy is about an autistic child. He displays all of the classical features; social isolation, adherence to routine, limited ability to learn to speak or write, and a facination with visual stimuli. Also highlighted is the need to teach these children in a one:one setting. 'crow boy' never does speak to the other children, even when older, but he does learn some basic skills, and is appreciated for the talents that he does have. I doubt that even the author realized that he wrote an excellent illustration of the life of an autistic child.
I've been reading many children's books lately, and frankly, most of them are mediocre. I stumbled on to Crow Boy because I liked Umbrella so much. Both books are clearly superior to most children's fare. I don't mean just the illustrations, although they are distinctive, and quite evocative of the setting and mood. Both books teach you something about yourself, and leave you thinking long after.
Chibi means tiny boy that is what they called the boy who no one talked to. None of the other students at school or even the teachers would talk to him. They all made fun of him. Then he got a new teacher that took a lot of interest in him. This gave Chibi one friend in the entire school. Chibi entered the talent show because of the new teacher, Mr. Isobe. Mr. Isobe said, ¿Chibi is going to imitate the voices of crows¿ for his talent. Then Chibi said, ¿Kauuwuatt¿ and began his talent and continues doing many voices of crows. Chibi had learned the calls while walking to school everyday. At graduation Chibi was given an award for perfect attendance for all six years of school. But now everyone called him Crow Boy.