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Crow Boy (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – September 30, 1976

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About the Author

aro 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (September 30, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014050172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140501728
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: School & Library Binding
In a small Japanese village, Chibi, the main character, is an outcast at school because he is different from the other children. Day after day, Chibi is faced with feelings of isolation and rejection. This memorable story presents the reader with a situation that all children experience some time in their life. The realism of this story allowed me to feel close to Chibi and watch him change towards the end. Through the unique illustrations, Taro Yashima was successful in describing the mood and setting. The moral lesson of this story is beautiful, and should be included in every classroom at the beginning of the school year. Through this lesson, the reader learns to develop an awareness for individual differences. This short story will present you with an enjoyable learning experience. I highly recommend this book for any type of reader.
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This is a short book for children about a young boy in a Japanese village who is very shy, quiet, and is kidded by his classmates for being different. The book was a 1956 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustration in a book for children. Children always seem to love this story. Perhaps because many feel shy at times themselves.
Interestingly, I believe that this is the first Caldecott Honor book (as far as I can tell) appearing after the end of World War II depicting a Japanese character. As such, it may have also helped to heal some old wounds from that war. It shows how similar children can be from another culture.
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This story was first read to me by a colleague. A very enlightening and heartwarming story "Crow Boy" forces readers to reflect on the importance of considering individual differences within classroom settings. A child's potential can only be fulfilled when we consider all of their interests and needs. Every teacher must have a personal copy. I am going to get mine.
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Crow Boy is a memorable story, apparently drawn from the author's childhood memories of Japan. On the first day of school in a small village, a young boy is found hidden beneath the schoolhouse floor. The boy comes to be called "Chibi" for his small stature, and is ostracized by his classmates. After six years, a new teacher notices that Chibi's knowledge and skills distinguish him from the other children. He displays Chibi's artwork and writing on the wall, and admires his knowledge of the natural world. On the day of the school talent show, this teacher introduces Chibi's talent: imitating the voices of crows. Chibi amazes the crowd with many crow calls: baby crows, older crows, alarms, happy calls, and finally a crow on an old tree, near his far-off mountain home. When the teacher explains that Chibi learned this talent during his daily walk from the far side of the mountain, everyone comes to respect and appreciate him.

The loneliness of the excluded child is very well drawn, and the other children's cruel oblivion is believably portrayed as Chibi quietly occupies himself watching the planks of the ceiling and staring out the window. When the children realize their wrong, they weep for their six years of unkindness. But, unlike The Hundred Dresses, this moral lesson comes with an opportunity to make amends: Whenever Chibi returns to the village, carrying his homemade charcoal for sale and buying the small items his family can afford, the children greet him by his new name, "Crow Boy." Crow Boy responds to their overtures with happiness and pride. He has won his place in the community, and he returns home with dignity.
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This book touches me on a deeper level than other children's books. And I LOVE children's books! I cry often times when I read it. Read it with a box of tissues by your side. I think any child that is exposed to this book will be a more accepting, self-actualized person.
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This book encourages compassion and awareness of the natural world. It is a healthy change for children who are used to overstimulating action books and videogames.
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I'm Japanese-American, 43 in 2016, born and raised in Seattle (to show where, when, and how I grew up). I remember reading this as a kid, and wondered why are JAPANESE kids doing the "slanted eyes taunt" to another Japanese kid? But, as an adult, I was interested in buying this book and reading it again, because other reviewers used the "teased for being different" angle, and I thought that that is a great message to send, that people should not be teased for being different. It also showed how the kids who went to school with Chibi, learned to respect and appreciate things that HIS family made and sold for the villagers. Reading it was a throwback to my childhood days!!
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"All your life you have waited for this moment to be free.
Blackbird, fly." -- Paul McCartney, from "Blackbird," 1968

This is a beautiful story I've loved since I was 4. In fact, it might make you cry. Readers are introduced to a boy nicknamed Chibi because he was small. Chibi lived in a rural community in Japan and was found hidden under a floor in the school building. Other children ostracize him and ridicule him. This goes on for 6 years.

Chibi is bound to routine. He eats the same thing for lunch every day, a rice ball wrapped in a radish leaf. Instead of paying attention to lessons, his mind is on the birds outside, a shadow across his desk, another boy's shoulder. His teachers don't seem to take much interest in him either.

That changes during the boy's year in 6th grade. A new teacher arrives. He recognizes something special in Chibi and works to draw him out. He displays Chibi's work on the classroom walls; he makes a point of calling on him in class. He listens to him after class as well. In time, he discovers Chibi's hidden talent - his ability to imitate the sound of crows. He can copy the sound of happy, sad, scolding, older, newborn and distant crows. The new teacher explains to the class that Chibi has learned about crows from coming down the mountain on his daily trek to school.

The other children learn to appreciate Chibi, thanks to their wonderful teacher. He sounds a lot like the kind teacher who made all the difference in the world for another child in the true story of Thank You, Mr. Falker. One kind teacher really CAN make a difference.

"You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
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