The Boy in the Garden
By Allen Say.
There was a story that Mama read to Jiro about a magical crane and a woodcutter. One day Jiro visits Mr. Ozu's garden, and sees a crane that reminds him of that story--and, suddenly, Jiro finds himself in a world woven between dream and reality. Allen Say creates a tale about many things at once: the power of story, the allure of the imagined, and the gossamer line between fantasy and reality. Who among us hasn't imagined ourselves in our own favorite fairy tale? Hardbound: 32 pp.