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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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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 |
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 |
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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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