Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Stefan Czernecki
Illustrator: Stefan Czernecki
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 1-57091-410-9
Hardcover Price: $15.95
A serious theme - about craftsmanship and the passing on of a craft from one generation to the next - underlies this appealing story of Old Chen, a master paper-lantern maker, he has no one to replace him as his hands grow stiff with age and he must think of closing his shop. When a small boy arrives "filled with curiosity and awe," he asks Old Chen, "Can you teach me to be a lantern maker just like you?" Chen takes him on as an apprentice, and both the boy and the listener/viewer come to appreciate what dedication is involved in the mastery of a craft. A thoughtful child will be enchanted by this worthwhile and satisfying work.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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