Nov 24, 2011

Global Giveaway: Tree of Cranes -Closed

Thanks so much for participating! I was really excited to hold my first giveaway.

The winner is...


I will be contacting you now for your address. Hope you (or your brother!) love this as much as I do.

I am in the Christmas mood, and inspired by Katie's Book Blog, I have decided to hold a giveaway of a brand new copy of my favourite Christmas book. This is my first giveaway so be kind please.

My favourite Christmas book of all time is Tree of Cranes by Allen Say. (CAN, JP, US)

This is a story of a little boy who catches a cold after disobeying his mother. He thinks she is angry at him and that's why she is being distant. But really she just needs time to prepare for the first Christmas he's ever experienced.

Say's writing and illustrations are perfectly matched. He is able to bring out deep emotions in the reader with a subtleness few writers can match. Say's detailed illustrations plop you right into Showa Japan, and the depth sticks in your mind for a long time after you've finished reading.

The Christmas that this mother creates for her child, with handmade decorations and only one gift and a strange-looking tree, is one of the most precious and magical ever. You don't need lots of presents and fancy decorations to make Christmas, you need love.

It's hard not to feel empathetic towards this little boy for being, well, a little boy. You can feel that he is hurt when his mother is being secretive. But I feel so much for that mother. Away from her homeland, she is trying to recreate her childhood customs for her son, and I think she suceeds. I hope to do the same for my kids.

This is a picture book, but is suitable for age 4 to adult.

Do you want to win a copy of The Tree of Cranes?
Here are the rules:

This is an international giveaway, open to those who live in any country to which Japan Post can deliver.

This giveaway closes at midnight on Dec. 1, Japan Time (10am Dec. 1, EST) so that I can send it before Christmas.

To enter, comment below with your email address so I can contact you. You do not need to have a Blogger account to do this.
For a second entry, you can join this page using Google Friend Connector (look left), or already be a GFC friend. You need a Google/Blogger account to do this. Please comment a second time for this entry.

The winner will be chosen on Dec. 1 using After I contact the winner s/he has 3 days to reply with their address or I will choose the next winner.


  1. Wow, this is a new to me book! You`ve got my contact details. Great giveaway- would be lovely to read with the boys when they are a bit older.

  2. Also I follow you on google friend connect and in my reader {and on facebook!} - I pretty much have all my bases covered!

  3. This looks like a fantastic book!
    Best Wishes, Joey

  4. I'm clearly up way too early if the description of the book made me tear up. lol.

    The book sounds very sweet and I know the girls would enjoy it!

  6. Sounds like a sweet Christmas story.

  7. Would love to read the book to my son, best Heide at

  8. I would love to enter! Sounds like a great book :)

  9. am now an official follower as well!!

  10. I'd love to present this book as a gift to my little brother on his birthday in December! Thanks for making this international!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  11. I'm a follower.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  12. Allen Say creates such beautiful books.

  13. eubankp at gmail dot com
    I'd love to read this!

  14. Medea,
    I really appreciate the comment you left on my blog today...and have really enjoyed being able to come read your entries, too! And what a bonus, that I am now eligible for that Christmas story--that would be fun to win, for sure, and also gives me a great idea for my blog. A giveaway...I def. have enough extra German books that I could do the same. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Look forward to reading more as the weeks go on, and to hearing from you now and again, too!
    Japan. Wow. I started learning Japanese many years back, switched to Chinese, and now I'm back to just immersing myself in the languages I already know...=)
    Be in touch,

  15. Sounds like a lovely book. We'd love to read this. Thank you for the other suggestions you wrote in your comment on my blog, too!

    ginafielding at hotmail dot com

  16. I'm following now under the guise of ginasawamura at

  17. I love Allen say's books.

    This book sounds so lovely.

  18. My grandchildren would love this book.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  19. I loved this book when I was a child, it was always so touching. margaret.mmh at

  20. Thank you! I sent you a reply. :)


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