Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Boy in the Garden, written by Allan Say. Houghton, Thomas Allen, 2010.
Jiro retreats further into the garden where he finds a small house that reminds him of the woodcutter's house from his Mama's story. He goes inside and finds solace in his beloved story...imagining a young woman who comes to give him food, and to weave in nearby room. Mr Ozu and his father find him there. They say they heard him yelling. As they leave the garden his father soothes him with the observation that the crane looks almost real. Jiro assures him that it is 'just a statue', while smiling a knowing smile.
Don't miss the final illustration...it has much to say about Jiro and the power of story.