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The Paper Crane by Molly Bang

The Paper Crane (edition 1985)

by Molly Bang, Molly Bang (Illustrator)

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Title:The Paper Crane
Authors:Molly Bang
Other authors:Molly Bang (Illustrator)
Info:Greenwillow Books (1985), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:3rd-4th Grade Readers, Modern Fantasy, Picturebooks
Tags:Crane, Paper, Paper Crane, Luck, Fate

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The Paper Crane (Reading Rainbow Book) by Molly Bang

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A beautiful folk tale that both adult and child enjoyed. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
The artwork is paper collage, except for the paper crane that becomes real and looks painted. This is a straightforward "Elijah story." A man shows kindness to a stranger, who then does something miraculous to make the man's life better. SPOILER: Like some other Japanese folktales, the crane does not stay with the man, but in this case the stranger returns and takes the crane back without any previous warning that some action will result in the man losing the crane, and the restaurant continues to be successful.
  raizel | Jun 21, 2015 |
Genre or Type of Picture Book: Fiction, Fables, Folktales, Myths, Multicultural Recommended for: Primary

The Paper Crane by Molly Bang is a fun read for young children. The book is about a proud restaurant owner whose business declines when a highway is built in front of his restaurant stopping people from coming in. This all changes when a poor, mysterious man pays for his dinner one night in a magical paper crane. The paper crane became the main attraction of the restaurant, people wanted to come to eat to see the crane dance. After the restaurant got back on its feet, the magical, poor man returned to take away the crane, to perhaps help out someone else. Bang's simple text, along with detailed illustrations is perfect for engaging younger readers. The characters illustrated are portrayed as Asian, which adds a multicultural element to this fiction fable. This book will enhance children's imaginations and a love for reading.
  sumnergreen8 | Mar 25, 2015 |
I liked this book for three reasons. First, I liked the main message of the story about kindness and generosity being rewarded in the long run. The main character of the story is a failing restaurant owner who offers a strange man, who comes in without money, a free meal. In return, the stranger makes the restaurant owner a dancing paper crane that draws customers to the main character's restaurant. The second thing I liked about this story is the illustrations that went along with the text. The style of the illustrations are very unique and fit the written folklore text very well. Finally, I enjoyed the language used throughout the book. It was very descriptive and clear. All in all, this book would be a great read aloud in the classroom to teach children about always respecting others and being generous. ( )
  mpotts1 | Feb 23, 2015 |
I really liked this book because the main idea was to treat everyone with kindness and I think that this is an important message for young children. I really liked how the author chose to portray this message as well. This book told the story of a man that owned an unsuccessful restaurant but his fortune turned around when he was kind to a man that didn't have enough money to pay for his meal. The language and writing was clear and straight-forward. The language went hand-in-hand with the illustrations and the illustrations enhanced the story and gave the reader a terrific idea of the true setting. I really like how the plot was organized and how the success for the business-owner was depicted. The author made sure to show that his success didn't happen all at once. I also liked how a variety of ethnic groups were shown in this book. I think that is a component in children's literature that is oftentimes lacking. It is important to represent many different types of cultures so that all children are able to connect to the story. ( )
  marmig2 | Feb 1, 2015 |
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Business returns to a once prosperous restaurant when a mysterious stranger pays for his meal with a magical paper crane that comes alive and dances.

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A mysterious man enters a restaurant and pays for his dinner with a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances.

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