Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Paper Crane

Author: Molly Bang

First line: A man once owned a restaurant on a busy road.

Why you should read this book: Suffering the negative side-effects of progress, the poor restaurateur nevertheless provides his best hospitality for a mysterious and impoverished stranger, who, in grand fairy tale tradition, rewards him with an origami crane that comes to life and dances. Traditional themes spring from the page through the magic of Bang’s remarkable cut-paper art, providing stunning three-dimensional quality in a two-dimensional format. A lovely story, both visually and spiritually, reiterating themes of generosity that, for some people, seem to exist only in fairy tales.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You don’t do anything for free.

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