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.
"A delight to the eye and imagination." -- -- The Horn Book(starred review)
"Many of the scenes have great delicacy and are masterfully evocative of mood and place....visually fresh and very effective...." -- -- ALA Booklist(starred review)
Its a wonderful, magical book. Low key - many opportunities to day dream.Published 22 days ago by graceinthecity
Lovely little tale, with beautiful illustrations. Moral is: Be kind to strangers.Published 12 months ago by MrsLee
This book is an easy to read folktale. A simple multicultural story with a message, magic, and a happy ending.Published on May 18, 2013 by saythornton
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