A man is proud of his busy roadside diner until the highway is built and the customers stop coming. Business returns to a once-prosperous restaurant when a mysterious stranger pays for his meal with a magical paper crane that comes alive and dances. The Paper Crane is illustrated with cut-paper collages and paintings. It is a wonderful book to use with children learning about patterns in storytelling. A beautifully illustrated retelling of an ancient Japanese folktale by Molly Bang.