Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Boy in the Garden

Introduce your child(ren) to the Japanese folktale, The Grateful Crane, using a unique story!

Say, Allen.
The Boy in the Garden.
October 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

A little boy visiting a neighbor's house and garden suddenly becomes lost between the world of reality and dream, visiting the setting of a story his mother had once told him about The Grateful Crane.

This story is wonderful because it encourages the use of childrens' imagination and exploration! The book is definitely for older elementary children however, as the plot is at times confusing. However, for those with the ability to process the difference between reality and imagination, it's definitely appropriate!

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