The boy of the three-year nap / Dianne Snyder ; illustrated by Allen Say.

By: Snyder, DianneContributor(s): Say, Allen [ill] | Houghton Mifflin Company [pbl]Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1988Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 25 x 28 cmISBN: 0395440904; 9780395440902; 039566957X; 9780395669570; 0395786126; 9780395786123; 9780780726598 (PFNL); 0780726596 (PFNL)Subject(s): Laziness -- Juvenile fiction | Mothers and sons -- Juvenile fiction | Poverty -- Juvenile fiction | Tricksters -- Juvenile fiction | Tutelaries (Shinto) -- Juvenile fiction | Folklore -- Japan -- Juvenile fiction | Wit and humor, Juvenile | Laziness -- Folklore | Folklore -- Japan | Nagara River (Japan) -- Juvenile fiction | Japan -- Juvenile fictionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Boy of the three-year nap.DDC classification: [398.2] | E LOC classification: PZ8.1.S66 | Bo 1988Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, 1989.Summary: A poor Japanese woman maneuvers events to change the lazy habits of her son.
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Art techniques used: fine lines in ink with watercolor.

A poor Japanese woman maneuvers events to change the lazy habits of her son.

Caldecott Honor Book, 1989.

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Gr 1-6 The accuracy of the visualized Japanese landscape and architecture help considerably in casting this retold folktale into an Oriental mold. A very industrious widow watches her very lazy teenage son (whose nickname is the title of the book) grow up. And readers watch her watching him in tightly crafted scenes that are some what reminiscent of 17th- or 18th-Cen tury Japanese woodcuts: fishing boats on the river; bamboo-windowed houses; blue-mountained backdrops with birds in V-formation; etc. Smoothly applied paint (seemingly air brushed at times) depict the peaceful Japanese landscape. The costuming and facial gestures, as the boy tricks a rich neighbor into rebuilding his moth er's house and allowing him to marry his daughter, create a dramatic effect. There is a sense of authenticity to the pictures that informs readers about a particular lifestyle while simultaneous ly entertaining them with an engaging, almost universal trickster tale. Ken neth Marantz, Art Education Depart ment, Ohio State University, Colum bus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Dianne Snyder spent part of her childhood in Japan, where she heard many traditional folk stories and trickster tales- like The Boy of the Three-Year Nap"-told by itinerant storytellers. She now lives in Virginia. Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book - published in 1972 - in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-timebasis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon."

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