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Swan Sky
Keizaburō Tejima
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Swan Sky

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Imbued with the vitality of the natural world, Tejima's group of swans and haunting multi-colored woodcuts convey the poignancy of this gentle story of life and death. Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 41 pages
Published October 20th 1988 by Philomel Books (first published 1983)
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Sep 09, 2014 Sylvester rated it really liked it
5* art
4* story

Stunning artwork.
Here's the cover, as it's not shown above.

Feb 13, 2012 Rafael rated it it was amazing
This is a very touching story for young readers (age 4-8 is recommended) and has a lot of valuable lessons about family life and facing challenges. There is a simplicity to the story and the illustrations incorporate woodcuts, creating a unique and memorable look. The pictures give young readers a great look and feel of nature. There is a benefit to reading this story to any child who has recently suffered a loss of a loved one because the theme is very healing and caring in terms of accepting ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
I didn't care much for the story, but the woodcut art is top notch!
This book is kind of sad. There is a family death. The family realizes that the swan is sick so they stay with her until the very end. This can be something that the students relate to if they have ever had a family death. I would really have to know my students to be able to read this book aloud.
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Jan 15, 2008 John Beeler rated it it was amazing
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Cosi wasn't that interested in it, but like Tejima's Owl Lake, the art is fantastic.

But this story is so sad! I kind of like childrens' stories that ballsy enough to portray death.

Yes, I cried.
Originally published in 1983 in Japan under the title Ōhakuchō no sora. (Wasn't published in U.S. until 1988.)
Beautiful woodcut illustrations.
It's rare to find a children's book that deals so beautifully and gently with death while still being honest.
Nov 29, 2009 Sasha rated it it was amazing
My absolute favourite book when I was about 7. I read it to bits. Owl Lake is pretty fantastic too. This was the first book to ever make me cry.
Sep 16, 2013 Savannah rated it really liked it
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I was so sad when I read that the swan died and my son was even more shocked. I loved the ending though and how you can discuss healing and love even when something or someone has passed.
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