Crow Boy

Crow Boy

by Taro Yashima

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140501728
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/1976
Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 100,254
Product dimensions: 7.19(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Taro 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.

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Crow Boy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
perihan on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Chibi was a boy, who hid underneath the schoolhouse floor. No one knew much about him, but they called him Chibi, it meant tiny boy. Chibi was afraid of his teacher and classmates, so he never spoke until a new teacher Mr. Isobe became his teacher. Mr. Isobe took great interest in Chibi, gave him attention he needed, spent time talking with him. With Mr. Chibi¿s encouragement, Chibi appeared on the stage for talent show. He imitated the voices of crows. He showed the audience how the baby crows, mother crows, father crow, how crows cry in the morning, crows when they are happy. All of the listeners¿ minds were taken to the far mountainside from which probably Chibi was. At the end of his show, Chibi imitate a crow on an old tree. Now the listeners could imagine exactly the far and lonely place Chibi lived. Mr. Isobe told the people how Chibi learned to imitate all the sounds. It was result of walking to school everyday for six years. After the talent show no one ever called Chibi, which meant tiny boy, instead they called him Crow Boy.
cbruiz on LibraryThing 5 days ago
In this book, a young child attending his preliminary schooling in Japan, experiences life outside of his parent's farming community. Outcasted, isolated, on his first day, he hides under the school building, afraid of attending. From his first day up until the sixth grade, Crow Boy, dubbed such for his accurate mimicking of the different crows which encircle his long walk to school from his parents farm, he does not make a friend, except for one teacher, who see's the light inside Crow Boy, and helps bring it out accordingly. Crow Boy begins doing charcoal drawings, befriending his teacher and spending recess with him instead of alone on the school yard, where the kids antagonize him. On his last day of school, there is a talent show which he attends. At first the children all laugh at him, but his teacher introduces what talent he retains. Crow Boy shows off his charcoal drawings and mimicks the different types of crows, the children amazed at his talent, having made fun of him. After, Crow Boy went back to his parents farm and worked for them, not attending school anymore, yet on certain days he is seen at the market, selling charcoal. The artwork in this book his raw, the colors accurately depicting a mid-fifties Japan. The story is good, depicting that the quietest, and shyest of people are some of the most talented and spirited of people.
heather_hill on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Crow Boy is a story about a young Japanese boy, nicknamed "Chibi," which means "tiny boy" in Japanese, because he was so small. The students in his class never paid attention to him except to make fun of him. He was very quiet and kept to himself. Then, a new teacher, Mr. Isobe, brings out Chibi's true talent.I loved this story! It rings true in every culture. There is always one child who is quiet because everyone teases him/her or is not understood by the masses. This shows students that even though some children are not as proficient at some tasks, doesn't mean they are stupid. No child is stupid. They just haven't been reached yet. And the illustrations were very unique and wonderful!As an extension, I would hand out a sheet of paper with every student's name listed to each student in the classroom. Students would then be required to write one positive word beside each child's name. I would then collect those, compile the words, and give them back to the students, so that each student knows that he/she is a special and integral part of my classroom. Another extension could be to have the children show off an interesting talent during class. This way, we can recognize and appreciate each student for his or her uniqueness.