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CRANE BOY

by Diana Cohn
illustrated by Youme Landowne
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A boy and his classmates wait for the annual return of the black-necked cranes to the kingdom of Bhutan.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-941026-17-5
13-digit ISBN978-1-941026-17-5
FormatPaperback
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count40
Product Dimensions9x9
Publication DateMarch 4, 2015
RightsAll Rights Available
Every year, Kinga and his classmates wait for the black-necked cranes to return to the kingdom of Bhutan. The birds fly south over the highest mountains in the word to winter in the valley where Kinga lives, deep in the Himalayas. The cranes have been visiting the valley since ancient times, but every year, fewer cranes return. Kinga is concerned. "What can he do?," he wonders. He and his classmates approach the monks for permission to create and perform a dance to honor the cranes and to remind the Bhutanese people of their duty to care for them. The monks caution them to first watch the cranes to see how they move and learn from them. The children watch and practice. And practice some more until the big day when they perform before the king of Bhutan.
Kirkus Review
[Diana] Cohn weaves numerous details about Bhutanese life and culture into her smoothly told story; Youme adds even more with watercolor images in a naïve style that nicely matches Kinga's present-tense narration. … [Crane Boy] gracefully celebrates both a little-known culture and its beloved birds.
- August 28, 2015  Visit Website
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Foreword Reviews
The soft watercolor illustrations are as graceful as the text … a fascinating, exquisite book.
- December 1, 2015 
Judy Reads Books
Not only is this a charming tale, beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, it introduces all of us to a fascinating country and culture through the eyes of a child.
- Judy Freeman, August 16, 2015  Visit Website
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School Library Journal
Give this lovely picture book to any child who is looking to change the world for the better.
- Colleen S. Banick, School Library Journal, November 1, 2015  Visit Website
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Midwest Book Review
Crane Boy is the beautiful story of a boy in Bhutan who loved the return of the black-necked cranes to his valley each year.
- Midwest Book Review , November 15, 2015  Visit Website
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Booklist Online
This tale of wildlife conservation is narrated by a boy named Kinga, who eagerly awaits the annual return of the black-necked cranes to his Himalayan village. … The illustrations throughout showcase both Bhutanese life (filled with boisterously decorated prayer flags, flamboyant buildings, and lush forests) and the exquisite beauty and strength of the cranes, seen flying in formation and close-up.
- Booklist Online, December 10, 2015  Visit Website
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