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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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A beautifully illustrated retelling of an ancient Japanese folktale by Molly Bang, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books including the Caldecott Honor Books Ten, Nine, Eight; The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher; and When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry . . .

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. The Paper Crane is illustrated with cut-paper collages and paintings. It is a wonderful book to use with children learning about patterns in storytelling. "A delight to the eye and imagination."—The Horn Book. "An enchanting book."—School Library Journal
  Sara1211 | Oct 3, 2016 |
a man had a restaurant but sadly a new highway stopped people from coming to his restaurant. one day a stranger came in and the man fed him despite not having any money. the stranger taught them how to make a paper crane. when you clapped your hands, the crane became real. news spread of this and people soon came to the restaurant. the stranger came back and flew away with the magic crane. to this day people come to hear the story to this day.
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  TUCC | Sep 2, 2016 |
This was a fun and heartwarming read. It almost feels like an opposite of other folktales where instead of a man turning away a beggar and becoming cursed, he helps the beggar and becomes blessed. The big message of the book is to help others in need, even if you do not have an abundance to give. The restaurant owner did just that, even though his business became very poor, and he was rewarded immensely. What's great about this book is that even though it is fantasy, it shows a real reality of what happens to small businesses when the city moves in. The illustrations fit well with the story as they are all made of collage and paper. The story is about a paper crane, so there is a great connection there. It's curious, the people and setting in the story are made out of paper collage, but the actual paper crane in the story is painted in. It makes you wonder if the author meant something by doing that. All in all, a great quick read with a good message. ( )
  ccalla8 | Mar 21, 2016 |
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 |
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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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