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Kamishibai: Tsuru no Ongaeshi – The Grateful Crane

Subject: English / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2
Age: 5-7 years / 7-11 years
Resource Type: Activities / Other

This is a story from Japanese folklore. A man rescues a crane and receives a mysterious visitor later that day.  This is a short kamishibai, perfect for when you need a quick story.

Suitable for both KS1 and KS2.


The PowerPoint (PPT), with some animated effects and music, is created to look like a live kamishibai show. The story text is in the notes section of each slide and is designed to be shown as a slide show in 'presenter view', where the text is visible on the presenter's screen only while the audience views the main illustrated slide. Please note the PPT file is password protected but can be opened and played in 'read only' format.

Tsuru no Ongaeshi - PPT (3.7 MB)

The PDF is designed to be used as printed kamishibai cards (up to A3 size), however, it can still be shown on screen as a slide show using only the story image slides for those who are not using PowerPoint. The file comes with instructions on how to read kamishibai.

Tsuru no Ongaeshi - Print Version (PDF)

If you only have one screen (cannot use the 'presenter view'), or simply prefer to read from a piece of paper, but still want to show the kamishibai in PointPoint, the story text can be printed from the PDF version.