Paper Boat, Paper Bird
by David Almond
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Pub Date 4 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 29 Jan 2024
Hachette Children's Group, Hodder Children's Books
A stunning new story from the bestselling, prize-winning David Almond, unfolding the magic of the everyday. Mina, from the unforgettable Skellig and My Name is Mina, journeys to Japan and discovers the wonders of the world around her.
Kyoto, Japan. Mina is on a bus. Everything is strange and beautiful.
Mina watches as a woman folds a piece of paper into an origami boat, then floats it over to her.
As Mina discovers the magic of origami, her eyes are opened to the wonders of the real city around her.
Unfold the magic of the everyday, on a journey with one of the world's best-loved authors - with stunning illustrations from Kirsti Beautyman in black and orange throughout.
'A master storyteller.' Independent
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Average rating from 23 members
This charming and simple tale has such a profound message of communication and friendship that I read it three times back to back as I was enchanted by it. Mina - the wonderful character from Skellig / I am Mina is now in Japan with her mother when she witness a lady on a bus creating an origami boat which she gives to Mina. As Mina journeys to the temple at Kinkaku-ji , she continues to delight in the origami and creates some of her …she places a boat in a lake which is discovered by Miyako and so the story further unfolds ( no pun intended) as to the meeting of the two young people . This is a tale of serendipity and connection - absolutely delightful .Kristi Beautyman’s illustration further enhance the book with their ethereal quality
This story is an absolutely quiet beauty. Quick to read but it offers so much power in the simplicity of the tale. Kindness being passed as origami throughout the story and meeting at the end. David Almond has this incredible ability to find stories in moments and when you read the author notes at the back, you can see that this is where this story has come from.
Mina is in Japan, experiencing this culture and learning so much. Watching a woman create a boat and a bird from squares of paper capture her imagination. She takes this magic with her while exploring the city and when she floats them away, she finds them returned in new ways.
Entirely magic, this book felt contemplative and thoughtful. It made me slow down and relish the ideas and magic in the wonder of the world.
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