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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Kamishibai Man

Kamishibai Man

Fall 2005 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Allen Say
Illustrator: Allen Say
ISBN: 0-618-47954-6
Hardcover Price: $17.00
Long ago, the Kamishibai Man fastened his paper theater to his bicycle and pedaled through different neighborhoods. He took candies along with him; he was looking for children hungry for his stories and his sweets.

In Allen Say's new and deeply moving story, an old man takes his paper theatre into the city one more time. His wife makes candy and he rides into an urban landscape that he never imagined. At first he finds it frightening, but a surprising twist brings his story to a comforting conclusion.

Each page is affecting and beautiful; the entire book is a gentle masterpiece of history and deep felling.

Editor's Note: When read aloud, reader/listeners as young as four will cherish Kamishibai Man. The story is simple, honest and authentic; it is told with not a wasted word or brushstroke. No reader is too old for this fine work.

Kemie Nix   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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