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The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley

The Crane Girl MCBD
 
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 
 
For a third year in a row, I’m very excited to be participating in this exciting event! This time I’m reviewing three books, a middle-grade chapter book called Five Nations – Peace Day by Dani Dixon, Marti’s Song for Freedom by Emma Otheguy, and The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley.
 

About The Crane Girl

The Crane Girl
 
Title: The Crane Girl | Author: Curtis Manley | Illustrator: Lin Wang
Publisher: Lee & Low Books | Publication Date: February 1st, 2017
Genre: Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32
 
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The Story

While gathering firewood, Yasuhiro comes upon an injured crane hidden in the snow. He rescues and comforts the bird, then watches it fly away. The next night, a mysterious young girl arrives at his home seeking shelter from the cold. The boy and his father welcome the girl, named Hiroko, to stay with them. But when Hiroko notices that the father is struggling to earn money, she offers to weave silk for him to sell. After the fabric fetches a good price, the father becomes impatient for more silk, and his greed has a life-changing effect on them all. Lyrical storytelling deftly interwoven with original haiku create a magical adaptation of popular Japanese folktales. An inspirational story of friendship and the power of kindness to transform lives.

My Review

The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley, gorgeously illustrated by Lin Wang, is the retold tale of a Japanese folk tale. The story, which is a fable about the ill fate of greed, talks about a girl who loves a boy for saving her… but his materialistic father comes in between the purity of their love.

The words, sprinkled with thoughtful haiku’s reflecting on what is happening in the story, flows beautifully into its almost tragic ending… to give a twist and a nice conclusion to the tale. My 9 year-old daughter thought is was a wonderful book, although she found the ending sad. Ms. Wang’s illustrations are absolutely breathtaking, and the dreamlike quality, as well as the frailty of the crane-girl, is visually illustrated in every page. The detail, color and flavor of her art gives this book a very authentic Asian taste, which I very much loved.

If you are a lover of stories from around  the world, and want to bring your children into the beauty of tales and art from around the globe, you have to get this book. It is perfect for preschool and early elementary school children, and a wonderful window into other cultures.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewer effort, in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author

CURTIS MANLEY is a full-time writer and a member of the Haiku Society of America. He enjoys watching the behaviors of birds and other animals whether in his backyard or in the forests, deserts, and canyons of the western United States. In his travels, he always hopes to see a sandhill crane. Manley grew up in western Pennsylvania but now lives in the Seattle area with his wife and daughter.

About the Illustrator

LIN WANG has loved to draw and paint since she was very young, Wang studied art in China and later received and MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has illustrated several books for children, including Lee & Low’s Shinning Star: The Anna May Wong Story, praised for its enchanting illustrations by Booklist. Wang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their children.

 

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About Erika

Worked in film and TV for several years before having my two wonderful children. Now I try to bring that creative input into my home to raise my kids. Hope you enjoy following this journey!
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