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The Boy in the Garden

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Publisher Comments:

There was a story that Mama read to Jiro:

Once, in old Japan, a young woodcutter lived

alone in a little cottage. One winter day he

found a crane struggling in a snare and set it

free.

When Jiro looks out the window into Mr. Ozus

garden, he sees a crane and remembers

that story.

Much like the crane, the legend comes to

life—and, suddenly, Jiro finds himself in a

world woven between dream and reality.

Which is which?

Allen Say creates a tale about many things

at once: the power of story, the allure of

the imagined, and the gossamer line between

truth and fantasy. For who among us hasnt

imagined ourselves in our own favorite

fairy tale?

Review:

"Caldecott Medalist Say (Grandfather's Journey), his work always painstaking and poignant, ventures tentatively into the realm of fantasy. He paints a boy named Jiro, set free to wander in the vast Japanese garden of his father's wealthy friend Mr. Ozu. In the garden's teahouse, Jiro meets a beautiful woman who promises to weave something for him, just like the crane wife in the mournful Japanese fairy tale his mother has read him. In the story, a woodcutter's marriage is ruined by his curiosity and greed. The thread of Jiro's story, though, veers eerily back and forth between the real and surreal ('My, you have a wonderful imagination,' the woman tells Jiro), and toys seductively with Jiro's puzzlement as he enters deeper into his own fantasy ('I'm the woodcutter,' he thinks, setting off into a snowy dream morning. 'I'll sell firewood and buy things to eat'). Just as sensitively, Say portrays Jiro's uncertainty in the face of his father and Mr. Ozu's hearty bluster. Pale colors and expanses of empty space contribute to the feeling of haunted charm. Did Jiro dream? Possibly-- or possibly not. Ages 5 — 7. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A beloved Caldecott Medalist ("Grandfather's Journey") puts a creative twist on the Japanese folktale The Crane Wife, in this magical story. Full color.

About the Author

Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book — published in 1972 — in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547214108
Author:
Say, Allen
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Dreams
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9.75 x 10.75 in 9.99 lb
Age Level:
05-07

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Product details 32 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780547214108 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Caldecott Medalist Say (Grandfather's Journey), his work always painstaking and poignant, ventures tentatively into the realm of fantasy. He paints a boy named Jiro, set free to wander in the vast Japanese garden of his father's wealthy friend Mr. Ozu. In the garden's teahouse, Jiro meets a beautiful woman who promises to weave something for him, just like the crane wife in the mournful Japanese fairy tale his mother has read him. In the story, a woodcutter's marriage is ruined by his curiosity and greed. The thread of Jiro's story, though, veers eerily back and forth between the real and surreal ('My, you have a wonderful imagination,' the woman tells Jiro), and toys seductively with Jiro's puzzlement as he enters deeper into his own fantasy ('I'm the woodcutter,' he thinks, setting off into a snowy dream morning. 'I'll sell firewood and buy things to eat'). Just as sensitively, Say portrays Jiro's uncertainty in the face of his father and Mr. Ozu's hearty bluster. Pale colors and expanses of empty space contribute to the feeling of haunted charm. Did Jiro dream? Possibly-- or possibly not. Ages 5 — 7. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A beloved Caldecott Medalist ("Grandfather's Journey") puts a creative twist on the Japanese folktale The Crane Wife, in this magical story. Full color.
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