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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
Rating:*****
Tags:Crane, Paper, Paper Crane, Luck, Fate

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The story is mystical and mesmerizing on its own, albeit short, but the illustrations are what take this book to the next level. At first glance, I thought the paper collage was clever in relation to the title, but it turned from witty to incredible when I realized the complexity and depth of each individual image and the utilization of various materials. It’s a sweet and hopeful tale and indeed visually innovative.
  KellyAnnGraff | Mar 4, 2014 |
"The Paper Crane" was an enjoyable book that caught my attention with this message "good things can come if you accept and tolerate others". That message was supported with a strong story that walks the reader through the story, and shows them what happened when the owner of the restaurant agreed to let the old man pay with the crane. The magnificent illustrations act as a window into the story that can make the reader feel as though they are part of the story and seeing things as the characters see them. This story is a modern retelling of an ancient Japanese folktale. ( )
  j-plant | Nov 25, 2012 |
Review: This is the story of a young boy who has grown up helping his father in their restaurant. Hard times have hit their restaurant with the creation of a new road, and yet the father and son are able to show kindness to even the poorest of visitors to their restaurant. In return, they are given a magical paper crane that can fly and dance. Their fortunes change with the presence of the bird in their restaurant. Stunning paper cut outs help this modern day folk-tale to really jump off the page and to help children to explore the magic that can be experienced through reading.

Genre: This book is an impeccable example of a modern day folk tale. The stranger who has a magical crane that can dance and fly is a characteristic often seen in folk tales where characters posses special qualities. Also, the paper crane has a fast pace and has many underlying themes and messages besides what is explicitly spelled out in the text of the story. ( )
  Laceyjo10 | Nov 20, 2012 |
The story is about a man who owns a restaurant that struggles to stay open after a highway is built and causes potential customers to drive right past the restaurant. One day an old man comes in and even though he can't pay, the restaurant owner treats the man "like a king". To repay the owners kindness the old man makes him an origami crane which comes to life and dances when you clap. The paper crane brings many customers who want to see it and the restaurant is profitable again. A while later the old man comes back and plays the flute, the crane dance incredibly, and the old man climbs on an flies away. I enjoyed this Asian folktale a lot. I loved that the pictures in the book which appeared to be made from paper art, which was a nice compliment to the storyline and gave the pictures a 3D effect.

The main point of the story is that it is important to show kindness to others, and often your kindness will be repaid. This is important for children to learn. Because it is a Japanese folktale it is also a good book to talk about different folktales from around the world. Students could learn more about origami and try making paper cranes in class (this would be a better project for grades one and up, from my experience many kindergarteners have trouble with more complicated origami like cranes). ( )
  rfary1 | Nov 12, 2012 |
This is a good book I would recommend. It'll teach the children that kindness does pay and it doesnt always have to be in the form of money. The pictures told more stories than the text and so many age groups will still find the book interesting. I liked the end where the only thing on that page was the hanging sign that read THE PAPER CRANE, and so the reader is able to tell that the restaurant was then named the paper crane.
  ogechukwu | Nov 12, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688073336, Paperback)

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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