Kamishibai Man

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Kamishibai Man

Author: Allen Say


The old Japanese Kamishibai man has long ago accepted the ill fate of his profession.  The television had replaced his stories and simple paintings, and no one wanted him around anymore.  One morning he sets off on his bike with his box of pictures and freshly made candies. One more ride wouldn’t hurt, would it?  Will there even be anyone to listen to the stories of the long forgotten Kamishibai Man?

An afterward in the back tells of the origin and fate of Japanese Kamishibai storytellers.

Marie’s Review (Mom):  

This picture book is hands down my most favorite book we’ve read so far this year.  I am struggling to put into words why I liked it so much. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a big fan of TV to begin with. Or is it the innate longing in all of us for simpler times? Maybe it’s the sweet, happy ending and educational aspect. The story line is nothing overly exciting, yet by only a few pages in we were all emotionally involved. Whatever it is, this book is a keeper, and I’ll be looking for more of Allen Say’s books!

Grace’s Review (4th grade): I really loved it. The part when the children no longer want him around made me really sad. They were more interested in feeding themselves television than home-made candies.

Lainey’s Review (3rd Grade): I really loved this one. The ending made me feel really good and happy.

Christian Friendly:  Yes

Sensitive Readers:  Green Light – this book is emotionally involving but in a good way!


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