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by Curtis Manley, illustrations: Lin Wang

THE CRANE GIRL by Curtis Manley, illustrations: Lin Wang

A stunning version of a popular Japanese folk tale in which a crane pays back an obligation by becoming human, retold with an unusual ending and with haiku-sprinkled prose.

Lee & Low Books * available now * Picture book/ages 4 – 8 * 32 pages

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 Yasuhiro’s 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 Yasuhiro’s father is struggling to earn money, she offers to weave silk for him to sell. After the fabric fetches a good price, the boy’s 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.

Curtis Manley is a full-time writer and a member of the Haiku Society of America..

Lin Wang art in China and later received an MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Wang has illustrated several books for children, and her books are often praised for their enchanting illustrations.