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Book Title: Tree of Cranes|
The author of the book: Allen Say
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 367 KB
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: October 28th 1991
ISBN 13: 9780395520246
Read full description of the books Tree of Cranes:Tree of Cranes is a great book for helping my kindergarten students step out of their common understandings of Christmas and see the holiday from a new perspective. Set in Japan, we were able to have discussions about elements of traditional Japanese architecture (including tatami mats; futons; narrow, deep bathtubs; and showering right on the bathroom floor), as well as the wearing of kimonos and the traditional Japanese art of origami, but more importantly, we were able to engage in a conversation about human experience and that there are (many) places where celebrating Christmas is not the ‘norm,’ but rather an uncommon celebration. For those in my classroom who celebrate Christmas, the elements of decorating a tree, family togetherness, and the giving and receiving of gifts offered a connection to their own lives, and for my students who don’t celebrate Christmas, I think they felt a sense of camaraderie that there are others like them. In addition, the story got my students talking about the connection between obeying their parents and their parents’ desire to keep them safe and healthy. (Plus, the story carried extra validation for two of my students who have parents who are Japanese immigrants. The families travel to Japan periodically to spend time with extended family, so the children could speak pridefully from personal experience about some of the elements of Japanese culture in the book.) Allen Say’s book fills an important place in our classroom library and classroom conversations, and I’m so grateful to have found it.
Read information about the authorAllen Say is one of the most beloved artists working today. He is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, and also won a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (written by Dianne Snyder). Many of Allen’s stories are derived from his own experiences as a child. His other books include THE BICYCLE MAN, TEA WITH MILK, and TREE OF CRANES, hailed by The Horn Book in a starred review as “the achievement of a master in his prime.” Allen’s recent book, ERIKA-SAN, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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