Jiro is out visiting with his father, when he finds a little hidden house. Is it all part of the legend that his mother tells him at night, or just a dream?
As a parent, I enjoy books that are left open to interpretation. This allows me as the mother to take the book in whatever direction I please, and help my children see the multiple different ways that language can express ideas. "The Boy In the Garden" by Allen Say was a fanciful tale, capturing the imagination of little children, and the joy of stories.
Books for Children Ages: 3 years old and older
Recommended for Family Reading: Yes
Related Discussion Topics: Keeping your word, imagining things and pretending, dreams, caring for others, giving of yourself.
- Create your your own tangrams (shape blocks) and make a crane. See what other shapes you can make too. Skills: Shapes, problem solving, fine motor.
- See if you can balance on one foot to look like a crane. Stay still as long as you can. Skills: gross motor, concentration.
- Do you ever remember your dreams? Draw a picture about one of them if you do, or about a dream you would like to have if you don't. Skills: Memory, imagination, expressive communication, fine motor.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book