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The Van Gogh Cafe - ¥300 (Between Oji and Nishi-sugamo Stations)

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状態 : 美品
By Cynthia Rylant
Magical! Hard for me to let this book go. NOT JUST FOR KIDS! Seriously.
53 pages Young readers Fantasy
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 810L
Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
Winner of awards:
An ALA Notable Children's Book
1996 Pen USA West Children's Award
ISBN 0590907174
Ex-libary copy has lovely protector on outside.
"Magic things happen at the Van Gogh Cafe in Flowers, Kansas. No one quite knows why, but people think it's because the cafe building was once a theater. They figure the walls absorbed enough magic during those years of lights and costumes and opening nights to last forever. Ten-year-old Clara is another reason for the magic. She believes anything might happen--and it always does. “Newbery Medalist Rylant breaks new ground in producing this whimsical tale, dextrously weaving extraordinary events into the fabric of ordinary life. As she gently guides her characters toward their magnificent destinies, the strength of her imagination and the depth of her sensitivity will impress even the reluctant reader.”--Publishers Weekly"

"I use the book in my 4th grade classroom. We analyze it chapter by chapter looking for "Easter eggs" (hidden clues) and subtext. The kids are broken into groups and I run off copies of the chapter for them to highlight and take notes on. My kids love it and so do I. The book has a whimsical, gentle magic (not the Harry Potter kind) that winds up in each chapter leaving the reader wondering how it will manifest itself and what the results will be. Each time the magic begins to drift around, the people of this cafe are changed. Just the fact that the magic comes from old theater walls is fun.

Young Clara, daughter of the owner/chef of the cafe, is both the spectator and willing participant of the magic. She eagerly watches for and protects it.

This is a great read aloud for parents to have fun with, too. There is so much in these short chapters that kids, left on their own, may miss it. My kids always want their own copies of the book when we are done.

Why is the cafe called the Van Gogh Cafe? Ah, why, indeed. Take a look at "Starry Nights" and other paintings of his and come up with your own ideas."

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