Tree of Cranes

Tree of Cranes

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by Allen Say
     
 

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As a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy's very first Christmas. "A gift from artist to child that indicates a ripe maturity in both its illustrative and textual elements. Serving as a bridge between American and Japanese cultures, . . . understated and pristine,… See more details below

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As a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy's very first Christmas. "A gift from artist to child that indicates a ripe maturity in both its illustrative and textual elements. Serving as a bridge between American and Japanese cultures, . . . understated and pristine, Tree of Cranes is the achievement of a master in his prime, one of the best picture books of this or any other year." -- Horn Book, starred review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Heedless of Mama's warnings, a Japanese boy cannot resist playing at an ice-cold pond ``filled with carp of bright colors.'' When he comes home, he is immediately treated for a cold, with a hot bath and rice gruel. His mother's attitude chills him more than the weather, though; he cannot understand why she seems to be ignoring him. Hearing a noise in the garden, the boy spies Mama digging up the pine tree that was planted when he was born. She brings it inside and decorates it with paper cranes and candles. It is a Christmas tree, the first for the boy, and the first in many years for his mother, who tells her son she comes from ``a warm place called Ca-li-for-ni-a.'' The story is a poignant one, illuminated with finely drawn illustrations reflecting the serenity of a Japanese home and the quiet love between mother and son. Say ( The Bicycle Man ; El Chino ), who came to this country from Japan when he was a teenager, again exhibits a laudable sensitivity to Eastern and Western cultures--and to both the differences and the similarities between them. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Set in Japan, a boy learns about Christmas from his American-born Japanese mother who explains the essence of Christmas by decorating the small pine tree, planted at the boy's birth, with paper cranes and candles . Japanese life-style is delicately described in the paintings which convey a sense of peace, quiet and love.
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"A gift from artist to child that indicates a ripe maturity in both its illustrative and textual elements. Serving as a bridge between American and Japanese cultures, . . . understated and pristine, Tree of Cranes is the achievement of a master in his prime, one of the best picture books of this or any other year." Horn Book, Starred

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547248301
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/16/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
624,065
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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