The Boy in the Garden

by Allen Say

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547214108
  • ISBN-10: 0547214103
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 10/18/2010
  • Carton Quantity: 30

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About the Author
  • About the Book
    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

    When Jiro looks out the window into Mr. Ozu’s
    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 hasn’t
    imagined ourselves in our own favorite
    fairy tale?
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  • 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:
    "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