Little Mouse loves paper lanterns with their impossible delicate beauty, and the way Old Chen's hands seem to effortlessly cut, paste, and paint his masterful creations. Little Mouse watches and learns until, when Old Chen can no longer make the lanterns, he finds his inner strength and his hidden talent. But more important than Little Mouse's achievement is the bond of friendship between him and Old Chen. The traditions of a culture and the magic of an art form are carefully preserved as they are passed from one generation to the next.
Exquisite, bright illustrations, as delicately rendered as the Chinese paper lanterns themselves, draw readers of all ages into this simple story of the power of friendship, patience, and perseverance.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Laura.Barta - LibraryThing
I loved the message of this book – that persistence paid off for the boy who wanted to learn to make paper lanterns. I thought the illustrations could have been a little softer to give the characters more warmth, but the story more than made up for that. Read full review
PAPER LANTERNSUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Those time-tested attributes of a good student—listen quietly, watch carefully, practice persistently—get unforced cultivation in this tale, but it's the lanterns that steal the show. Old Chen is ... Read full review