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Crow Boy (original 1955; edition 2004)

by Taro Yashima

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Title:Crow Boy
Authors:Taro Yashima
Info:Live Oak Media (2004), Edition: Unabridged, Paperback
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Rating:*****
Tags:realistic fiction, acceptance, differences

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This is an amazing story that everyone should read. The illustrations matched the text beautifully. The text and pictures makes perfectly match the pictures like the large hill side with the Crow Boy walking through it at the beginning of the book. The text was short and easy to read. The language was not overly descriptive but the pictures drove the book home. This story was quite sad but had a happy ending because Crow Boy was accepted by his village. The message to the story was amazing. The message the book shows is the story of a young boy who was labeled and different and strange by everyone he knew. When he proved that he had a talent that no one else had he was finally accepted and people began to realize not everyone who is different is strange. I only had trouble with the names of the characters because they were in Japanese but it was not that big of a deal. ( )
  cscapp1 | Apr 5, 2015 |
I really liked this book because it had a good moral to the story. Nobody gave the boy a chance because he was unusual and the children at school didn’t know anyone like him. However, when they realized his background and he unique talents they began to accept him and befriend him. This taught readers to not judge a book by its cover and to always give people a chance. Another thing that stood out for me in the book was that the only person who believed in the boy was his teacher and in some cases the only strong mentor and role model in a child’s life is their teacher. As a future teacher, this stood out to me because being that strong of an impact on a child is a big deal and teachers should always try to see the best in all of their students. I thought the pictures in this book were detailed and realistic which gave it a strong story and also the clear and powerful message really stood out. ( )
  evandy1 | Feb 9, 2015 |
I have recently read the book The Crow Boy by Taro Yashima. In my opinion this is an amazing story for anyone to read. The story is about a misunderstood boy who everyone ignores and neglects in school. Till one year this boy gets a teacher who is very interesting in helping him out so the teacher helps the boy enter the school talent show. When the boy walked on stage everyone thought the boy was not going to do anything interesting but then the boy copied all of the noises he hears on his walk to school every day and impresses the entire school. This changes everyone’s idea of the boy and now the boy is known as the Crow Boy because of his amazing impersonation of the crows at different times of the day. Then the people in the school and the village accepted the Crow Boy for who he was. That is what happened in the story entitled Crow Boy.
One reason I like the Crow boy it has a great message for the reader. The massage the book shows is the story of a young boy who was different showing his individual talents to his fellow classmates with the help of his teacher. This made his classmates notice him as a person and accept him for the individual he is. Also the Crow Boy has very easily understood illustrations that go along with the story. For example in one part of the story that talked about the Crow Boy’s long walk to school every day the story had a beautiful picture of a large hill side with the Crow Boy walking through it. The language in the story is easy to understand, but the names of the characters in the story may be hard for students to read because they are Japanese. When reading the story I noticed that the sentences were short and very easy to understand. I feel that most readers could pick up this book and sit down and enjoy reading it. ( )
  Ekelle8 | Feb 9, 2015 |
In my opinion Crow Boy by Taro Yashima proves how one teacher can make a difference in a student's life. For years, the young boy given the nickname Chibi, was viewed by his peers as being afraid of the teacher and other students, and that he could not learn a thing. The students would make fun of him for being slow and stupid. Then in their final year of school, their teacher would talk to Chibi, and would display his work on the walls. When they went on walk around the school Chibi would know many of the places and the teacher was impressed that he knew they were. Then one day Chibi showed up on stage at the talent show. Noone knew who he was and why he was up there, then Chibi started imitating the voices of crows, which he learned on his long journey to and from school. Chibi was “leaving his home for school at dawn, and arriving home at sunset” which explained why he was always tired and never tried very hard in school.
It wasn't until that one teacher took the time to talk to Chibi and get to know him that he realized that he wasn't stupid and there was a reason he was always quiet in class. This changed the way all the other students saw him and this changed the way he was viewed as a person. It was one person who took the time and to talk to the student that made a complete difference in one student's life. ( )
  lbradf4 | Feb 8, 2015 |
I liked this book for many reasons, the biggest reason being the plot and character development. The main message of this story was not to judge a person just based on their appearance, and that everyone has unique talents that make them special. There was also an underlying theme of perseverance and the importance of education throughout the story. Even though the story unfolded over many years, the organization and pace of the story made sense and held my interest. Being written in a third person point of view resulted in a clear picture of the story, and left enough mystery and suspense to keep the reader engaged. The illustrations were done in a very interesting style which added to the mystery of the story. Taro Yashima’s word choice and descriptive language combined perfectly with the illustrations and created the perfect mood for the story. I think Crow Boy is a great book to use with students to show them the importance of getting to know a person before making judgments against them. In turn, it also showed the importance of perseverance and working towards an important goal even if the odds are against you. ( )
  ehopki7 | Feb 7, 2015 |
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To Mitsu and Momo who helped to make this book and to Takeo Isonaga who appears in the story as a teacher named Isobe.
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On the first day of our village school in Japan, there was a boy missing.
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He was afraid of the children and could name make friends with them at all.
Soon Chibi began to make his eyes cross-eyed, so that he was able not to see whatever he did not want to see.
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"A shy mountain boy in Japan leaves his home at dawn and returns at sunset to go to the village school. Pictures and text of moving and harmonious simplicity".--Saturday Review. Caldecott Honor Book. Full-color illustrations.

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A lonely boy in a village school in Japan learned all the calls of the crows as he left his home at dawn and arrived home at sunset on schooldays. A Caldecott honor book.
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A shy mountain boy in Japan is ridiculed by his schoolmates, but they stop when they understand why he is "different."

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