TO COMMEMORATE THE RELAUNCH OF “READING RAINBOW,” WE HERE AT OUTLOOK-12 HAVE DEDICATED THIS MONTH’S EXTRA LONG SCHOOL LIBRARY SECTION TO BOOKS FEATURED ON THE EMMY AND PEABODY AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM.
“THE PAPER CRANE” by Molly Bang
Illustrated by: Molly Bang Publisher: Greenwillow Books ISBN-13: 978-0688073336
A restaurant owner is proud of his busy roadside diner. He’s hardworking and loves cooking and serving food to his many customers. But ever since a new highway replaced the old road, fewer and fewer customers stop to rest and eat. In fact, days sometimes go by with no customers at all. Soon, the restaurant owner is poor and spending his time polishing empty tables. Then one day a poor stranger appears at the door. His clothes are ragged, but he has an “unusual gentle manner,” and the restaurant owner feeds him. For his kindness, the stranger gives him a gift that will change his fortunes, a magical paper crane.