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ISBN13: 9780618479542
ISBN10: 0618479546
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An old storyteller returns to the city to tell his own tale and discovers thechildren he used to entertain have not forgotten him in this picture book setin Japan. Full color.

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The Kamishibai man used to ride his bicycle into town where he would tell stories to the children and sell them candy, but gradually, fewer and fewer children came running at the sound of his clappers. They were all watching their new televisions instead. Finally, only one boy remained, and he had no money for candy. Years later, the Kamishibai man and his wife made another batch of candy, and he pedaled into town to tell one more story—his own. When he comes out of the reverie of his memories, he looks around to see he is surrounded by familiar faces—the children he used to entertain have returned, all grown up and more eager than ever to listen to his delightful tales.

Using two very different yet remarkable styles of art, Allen Say tells a tale within a tale, transporting readers seamlessly to the Japan of his memories.

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.

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dlsteinman, November 1, 2006 (view all comments by dlsteinman)
I read this book while visiting Portland recently and am purchasing it for my grandchildren. Their mother's family is still living in Japan and this book is a very nice way for me to participate in maintaining Japanese culture in their lives while they are in America. Finding English language books like Allen Say's is a real joy. The story is quiet, yet very powerful, and the illustrations are beautiful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618479542
Author:
Say, Allen
Publisher:
Walter Lorraine Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Juvenile fiction
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.00x10.06x.36 in. 1.15 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
05-08

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The Kamishibai man used to ride his bicycle into town where he would tell stories to the children and sell them candy, but gradually, fewer and fewer children came running at the sound of his clappers. They were all watching their new televisions instead. Finally, only one boy remained, and he had no money for candy. Years later, the Kamishibai man and his wife made another batch of candy, and he pedaled into town to tell one more story—his own. When he comes out of the reverie of his memories, he looks around to see he is surrounded by familiar faces—the children he used to entertain have returned, all grown up and more eager than ever to listen to his delightful tales.

Using two very different yet remarkable styles of art, Allen Say tells a tale within a tale, transporting readers seamlessly to the Japan of his memories.

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