Crow Boy by Taro YashimaAt first, I really did not like the artwork in this book. Its fuzzy and the colors are dull and makes me feel its messy. As the story went on, I think it is part of the story to explain the Tiny boy in this book. At least, I think that is what its doing.
Chibi who becomes Crow Boy is not from the village with the other children. He comes to school and he is scared. He hides under the building. Instead of listening to the teacher he examines the world around him. The ceiling fascinates him for hours or his desk or the little window. This boy sees the world through much different eyes. He does not learn in a straight forward way. He lets the world around him teach him. He didnt speak to the children or play with them. Everyone thinks hes stupid.
A new teacher comes and begins to talk to the boy. The teacher is quiet and does his best to understand the boy. The ending is lovely and touching. We come to have a respect for the boy and understand that he has a different kind of intelligence. Isnt that what artist give the world, is a new perspective on life, many times from an outsider perspective.
This is such a unique and different book. It is such an example of minimalism, I think. He uses simple images with simple sentences to tell this complex story. It was very well handled. Is this my favorite book - no. I do think there is a brilliance in this book that I greatly appreciate.
The kids did not like this book which doesnt surprise me. Its not a book you love easily. Its like the boy, you have to be patient and let him show you something beautiful inside you never expected.
Taro Yashima: an unsung beacon for all against 'evil on this Earth'
Everything in it can be used to make books for children. Living is wonderful! Believe in humankind! But Yashima also wrote books set in the United States. Yashima tells of his adventures with his playmates gathered around a particular tree. The illustrations are simple, yet convey a sense of peace and happiness. One year later, Yashima and his wife teamed up to write another picture book about their childhood in a Japanese village.
A little boy cannot be found at his village school. He is hiding under its floorboards. The other children will not play with him. Chibi stares at the ceiling for hours. He loves all kinds of yucky insects. No one can read his handwriting.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. The drawings in the book are quite unusual, but interesting to look at. This book can be used to discuss bullying in schools. Nov 23, This book would best fit 2nd grade and higher. Chilbi is a young boy who makes along journey to school everyday for the past 6 years. He had no friends and and was made fun of by the older boys. He was later known by the town as Crow buy, which made him happy.