Tree of Cranes

Tree of Cranes

by Allen Say


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As a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy's very first Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547248301
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 450,565
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Allen Say has written and illustrated many books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Grandfather's Journey and Caldecott Honor book The Boy of the Three Year Nap. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Tree of Cranes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sarahjohouck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:A young boy's mother is acting strange one day and she ends up telling him of a time when she lived in California, and how they celebrated Christmas. She took a tree from the backyard and placed paper cranes on it with candles, and shared this experience with him. Personal Reaction: In the first half of the book I was wondering where this story was going. I couldn't really make any kind of conclusion of what was going on. Over all I really enjoyed it. I liked how she shared her California experience with her son.Classroom Extension Ideas:1) I would use this book probably around Christmas time. Showing the different culture, and how in different countries people don't always celebrate just Christmas. And how this mother wanted to share her experience of something different. 2) I would use this book as an introduction to my class. Then the students will have a discussion on what each of them might do to celebrate during the holidays. They would be able to share different holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and many more.
bamabreezin4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the way the book alludes to Christmas before outright telling the reader that they are going to celebrate Christmas. This way, it teaches a powerful lesson to children about wishing, giving and receiving, obedience, and love.
KatieKirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:Tree of Cranes is about a little boy's first Christmas. He doesn't understand all the things his mama is doing at first and he thinks that he is in trouble. In the end everything is explained and the boy has a wonderful first Christmas with his family.Personal Reaction:I was honestly confused for awhile about what was going on in the story. However, I did enjoy the book, especially when i finished it and understood it all! Also, I really liked the illustrations.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. One activity I would love to do after reading this to students is show them how to make paper cranes. My 6th grade teacher taught us how to make paper cranes and my whole class really enjoyed learning.2. This is also a great multicultural book! You could have a lesson on different Christmas traditionsaround the world. You could also have the students talk about their own families' Christmas traditions.
kljohnson2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say (2009) This story is about a little boy who lives in Japan. It is winter time and he disobeys his mom by playing on the frozen pond. One day his mom acts very strangely and doesn't talk to him. Later he finds out why. His mom wants him to know about Christmas and decorates a beautiful Christmas tree for him. The next morning he gets a kite he wanted and he promise his mom he won't play by the pond anymore.
Schuman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story about a boy's first Christmas in Japan. The illustrations are amazing and it shows that people celebrate the holidays in different ways but what stays the same is family ties and love. Great read for understanding different cultures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is beautiful in touch, and in drawings. Aleen Say did great as usual.