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The Paper Crane (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback – July 15, 1987

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Collaborating with her distinguished mother Betsy Bang and working on her own, Molly Bang has received awards including two Caldecott Honors for Ten, Nine, Eight and The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher. She has another front contender in this amazingly ingenious book. A restaurant owner and his son lose their clientele when a new superhighway bypasses their street. When a poor man comes to them one evening, they gladly serve him a fine meal for pay. Before leaving, he gives his hosts a paper crane which will be a living, dancing bird when they clap their hands. The dancing crane brings crowds to the restaurant and prosperity to the kind owners as well as a joyful surprise to readers at the story's end. In the color pictures, one sees everything in three-dimensions, an artistic effect created by lovely collages and paintings. A sandwich on a plate, roses in a vase, etc., seem real enough to pick up.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Many of the scenes have great delicacy and are masterfully evocative of mood and place....visually fresh and very effective...."--" ALA Booklist"(starred review)"A delight to the eye and imagination."--" The Horn Book"(starred review)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (July 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688073336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688073336
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shanshad VINE VOICE on November 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
There is nothing better than a well-told folktale. Actually, I take that back, there is something better-a well-told, beautifully illustrated folktale. And this is exactly what Molly Bang has presented readers here. This simple Asian-styled tale of the mysterious stranger who rewards kindness is a familiar sort of story-but a bit of magic and music make it dance as surely as the magical paper crane in the title.

In THE PAPER CRANE, an old man comes into a restaurant and is treated to a meal by the owner. In repayment for this kindness, the stranger creates an origami crane out of a napkin that comes to life and dances with a clap of the hands. A bit of simple magic and music in this Asian folk tale make it dance as surely as the paper crane. The restaurant, which had been suffering from lack of business, suddenly becomes a popular stopover for people who want to see the magical crane and both the restaurant owner and his son benefit from the new business, and take joy in all the people. Finally, the stranger returns, plays his flute to make the crane dance, and then flies off on the cranes back, never to be seen again. A whimsical folk tale that imparts the message that kindness is rewarded. The text is simple, easy to read on the page in a large and elegant font. But that is only half the appeal.

What makes this book so special is that all of the pictures in this book are full-color art paper cutouts that were photographed to preserve the 3-D effect of the pictures. The impression is striking. The textured images of the restaurant and it's inhabitants jump off the pages and will provide parent and child with an unusual, but appropriate set of images for this folk tale.
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Format: Paperback
In "The Paper Crane," author/illustrator Molly Bang tells the story of a restaurant owner whose business suffers when a new highway diverts possible patrons away from his place. But his fortunes change when a mysterious visitor leaves the owner a magical gift.
Bang's illustrations appear to be photographs of multi-media collages, and have a wonderful 3-dimensional quality. There are lots of warm earth tones complemented by flashes of bright color. Here is another interesting (and, in my opinion, admirable) element of this book: the book jacket notes that the story is based on "an ancient Japanese folktale," but Bangs features a multi-ethnic assortment of people in her illustrations. An entertaining, visually rich book.
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Format: School & Library Binding
This book's unique illustrations--three dimensional paper--are very effective as a complement to the traditional Japanese story of a mysterious man who pays for his dinner with a paper crane. This story is an excellent introduction to the Japanese art of origami and the significance of the paper crane in Japanese culture. The pictures are detailed and captivating and the text is engaging.
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Format: Hardcover
This was my favorite book to read to my children when they were growing up. It has a serene, Zen-like quality. A timeless tale, this will particularly appeal to families who hold art and music as sacred facets of their lives.
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Want a book that will convince your children to take up origami and waste all of you printer paper? Then The Paper Crane by Molly Bang is the book for you. This is a well-told and very well illustrated Asian folktale. The illustrations are like none I have encountered; these are cut outs pasted on backgrounds. Printed text is minimal in quantity; nonetheless, the true message is given. Children will learn about generosity after reading this book. A diner has lost its clientele, yet the owner provides the best meal possible for a non-paying older customer. The reward for his graciousness is a magical entertaining paper crane. The luck of the diner turns and eventually, the older gentleman comes back for his paper crane. "It happened just as the stranger had said. The owner had only to clap his hands and the paper crane became a living bird, flew down to the floor, and danced." I would recommend this book to any child who is interested in origami, any parent who wants to explain hope and an adult who needs to see the brighter side of things.
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I was a kid when Reading Rainbow featured this book on the show. Twenty years later, I bought it for my classroom later. Teaches a valuable lesson. Great Segway for origami.
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Lovely story told with pictures and simple words easily translatable to any language, with it's own special portion of magic ...
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This book is an easy to read folktale. A simple multicultural story with a message, magic, and a happy ending.
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