The Boy in the Garden by Allen SayThe Boy in the Garden by Allen Say

The Boy in the Garden

byAllen Say

Hardcover | October 1, 2010

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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. Ozu's garden, he sees a crane and remembers that story. &nbsp 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 hasn't imagined ourselves in our own favorite fairy tale?
Award-winning author and illustrator Allen Say lives and works in Portland, OR. This is his twentieth book for Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
Title:The Boy in the GardenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.75 × 10.75 × 0.49 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547214103

ISBN - 13:9780547214108

Appropriate for ages: 4


Editorial Reviews

A gently unsettling tale of the power of the imagination."- The Horn Book, starred review "Say is at the height of his artistic achievement in this tale of a little boy named Jiro and the powerful impact that a story has on him? .This is a beautiful, moving, quietly mysterious read, ripe with possibilities for interpretation and contemplation."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Caldecott Medalist Say (Grandfather's Journey), his work always painstaking and poignant, ventures tentatively into the realm of fantasy? .Pale colors and expanses of empty space contribute to the feeling of haunted charm. Did Jiro dream? Possibly-or possibly not."- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Multilayered and compelling."- The Bulletin Praise for other Allen Say books: Erika-san "Aficionados of Say's tranquil work will find both the message and the delivery deeply satisfying."- Publishers Weekly, starred review Kamishibai Man "The quietly dramatic, beautifully evocative, tale contains a cliffhanger of its own, along with exquisite art in the style of Kamishibai picture cards that will attract even the most jaded kid away from the TV screen to enjoy a good, good book."- Booklist, starred review Tea with Milk "A thoughtful and poignant book that will appeal to a wide range of readers, particularly our nation's many immigrants who grapple with some of the same challenges as May and Joseph, including feeling at home in a place that is not their own."- School Library Journal, starred review Tree of Cranes "Tree of Cranes is the achievement of a master in his prime, one of the best picture books of this or any year."- The Horn Book, starred review The Sign Painter "In perhaps his best work to date . . . Say subtly and ingeniously blends a feeling of nostalgia with a hard-hitting immediacy. . . The images and the boy's passion as an artist will remain with [readers]."- Publishers Weekly, starred review Grandfather's Journey Winner of the Caldecott Medal"Flawless in his executions, Say has chronicled three generations of a family whose hearts have been divided between two nations."- School Library Journal, starred review"