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The Paper Crane (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback – July 15, 1987
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Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a wonderful, magical book. Low key - many opportunities to day dream.Published 9 months ago by graceinthecity
Lovely little tale, with beautiful illustrations. Moral is: Be kind to strangers.Published 21 months ago by Mrs Lee
I used it as part of a literature lesson plan for class...great book and fun to learn with paper folding.Published on May 20, 2007 by Nadya D. Turner