by Allen Say
The first time Ama read Tree of Cranes by Allen Say, she told me she didn't like it very much. I thought she was being ridiculous since that is my absolute favorite Allen Say story.
I was visiting her one afternoon and she gave me Emma's Rug to read. I felt the way she must have when she first read Tree of Cranes.
Later she told me she reread Tree of Cranes and she liked it much better the second time.
That's how I feel about Emma's Rug. The first time I read it, I didn't quite understand the connection between the rug and creativity. Say's message was clearer upon rereading, and I enjoyed the book much more.