Under the Cherry Blossom Tree: An Old Japanese Tale

Under the Cherry Blossom Tree: An Old Japanese Tale

by Allen Say
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Under the Cherry Blossom Tree: An Old Japanese Tale by Allen Say

Allen Say retells with wit and vitality a favorite joke in Japan about a wicked landlord who swallows a cherry pit and soon has a cherry tree growing on top of his head! "Allen Say retells a classic makura -- a short story told in Japanese joke houses to warm up the audience -- with the sharpness, vigor and timing of a stand-up comic." -- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060252168
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/1974
Pages: 31
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book -- published in 1972 -- in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.

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