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A beautifully illustrated tale following a day in the life of a Japanese park bench.
Paperback, 33 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published April 1988)
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Esther
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this! It's a story about what happens in a day, from the perspective of a park bench. Using subtle personification for the bench gives a very warm and touching feel to the story. The different characters, of all ages, are drawn and described so beautifully, in an honest and realistic way. The descriptive language using effortless metaphor, and alliteration for example, really complements the illustrations. The use of both English and Japanese text is very interesting, and could be satisfy ...more
Becca
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-storytime
There is a two-page spread illustration of a park in the middle of the story. I displayed it using a document camera one page at a time and told the students to spy all of the activities going on in the park while I counted to 15 on each page. Then I closed the book and asked them to tell what they noticed--one activity per child with no repeats allowed. The kids enjoyed playing this memory game, and it broke up the rather quiet story line quite nicely. We played I Spy with a few of the other il ...more
Andy Verschoyle
Its a conversation piece. Wide audience. Simple reader with eloquent, detailed artwork inviting description. The idea of "a day in the life of a park bench" will be new for a young reader / listener and there is so much the is interesting to chat about - and its all about people.

There is dramatic unity of time ( one day ) and place (the bench sits under a shady tree in the middle of a lovely park) and plot ( the same family enter at the beginning and leave at the end); and the park worker, toget
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Kyoko
Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Its atmosphere is nice and calm explaining the worker's day related to a park bench. It can introduce the change of the day and relation to community. However, it is a little long for beginning readers in Japanese.
Michelle White
This book is good for pre-school or kindergarten. I got this book from the IUS Library.
Rani
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Told from the perspective of a park bench, the happenings of the park are described. Engaging and introduced readers to Japanese setting. Wonderful pictures.
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