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Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

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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Tags:realistic fiction, acceptance, differences

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Crow Boy by Taro Yashima (1955)



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I enjoyed reading this book, especially because it was my first introduction to multicultural literature in children’s books. In my opinion, this is a great book for children to read. For example, if they are moving, transferring schools or from another country, this is an inspirational book to encourage them on their new journey. The language did seem as if it was a little advanced and for children who are not raised with much international knowledge some of the names, such as Chibi and Mr. Isobe, may be complicated to understand. The one aspect of the book that I do have mixed feelings on is the illustrations. They seem to incorporate Japanese tradition but they do not look as appealing to the eye. For this matter I do not think that they enhance the story. I do appreciate the lesson in this book and the triumph that Chibi faced in continuing to go to school even if he was frightened on the first day. It shows children to persevere through tough times, especially ones involving school, which is a commonality for younger students. I would recommend this book to be read to all children entering a new adventure to calm their nerves and encourage them throughout the way. ( )
  mcicch2 | Oct 5, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading this book. I thought that the language and writing in this story were clear, descriptive, and organized. The characters were described very well as the author built the tension between the young boy and the other kids in the class. The classmates would constantly make fun of "Chibi" as they called him, because he was not very smart. At the end the tension was released when the boy was no longer being made fun of.

This book forces readers to look at a different perspective of things, especially in the classroom. Not all students are good at everything and sometimes you just need to find that "thing" that your students excels in. This teacher did just that to add a happy ending to the story. When it was time for the talent show, the students in the class learned that the boy was really good at crow noises and could make any sound that a crow could make. It also made the readers see that you never know what someone else is going through. This boy was so good at making crow noises because he walks from the other side of the mountain to school every day and night. When the students were told this they came to respect and appreciate their classmate more. I would recommend this story to anyone in the education field. ( )
  abless3 | Sep 7, 2015 |
Respect the inherent worth of all.... ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Crow Boy - Taro Yashima

Response - Crow Boy is a book about a young student that is ostracized by the other students for seeming different. When he finds a teacher that can showcase his strengths and help other students understand his differences, this student gains confidence and the student body gains empathy. I loved this book, and believe it would be an important story to showcase a different culture while also finding bridges in cultural tendencies between a contemporary American classroom and a historical foreign classroom. ( )
  kconnolly14 | Jul 22, 2015 |
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 |
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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.
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.

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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