About The Crane Girl
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.
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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