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Kamishibai Man
By Allen Say and Allen Say (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date October 24, 2005
Pages 32
Binding School and Library
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618479542
ISBN-10 0618479546
Dimensions 0.25 by 9.50 by 10.75 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $17.99
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Having ridden into town to sell his candy and tell his story for year, the Kamishibai man is sadden to discover that the television has replaced his important place in the community, yet when years pass and he decides to make one final trip in order to tell his story to those who would listen, the old man gets the surprise of his life when familiar faces suddenly appear in the crowd. description: Product Description:
The Kamishibai man used to ride his bicycle into town where he would tell stories to the children and sell them candy, but gradually, fewer and fewer children came running at the sound of his clappers. They were all watching their new televisions instead. Finally, only one boy remained, and he had no money for candy. Years later, the Kamishibai man and his wife made another batch of candy, and he pedaled into town to tell one more story—his own. When he comes out of the reverie of his memories, he looks around to see he is surrounded by familiar faces—the children he used to entertain have returned, all grown up and more eager than ever to listen to his delightful tales.

Using two very different yet remarkable styles of art, Allen Say tells a tale within a tale, transporting readers seamlessly to the Japan of his memories.

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from Houghton Mifflin (October 24, 2005)
9780618479542 | details & prices | 32 pages | 9.50 × 10.75 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 1.00 lbs | List price $17.99
About: After many years of retirement, an old Kamishibai man--a Japanese street performer who tells stories and sells candies--decides to make his rounds once more even though such entertainment declined after the advent of television.

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