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Crane Boy

By Diana Cohn, Youme Landowne (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 October 2015
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. Diana Cohn is an educator and writer with an active commitment to social justice work. She has published six picture books for children. Crane Boy was inspired by two visits to Bhutan and by her interest in how cultural traditions evolve and adapt over time. Youme is an author, illustrator, and community-based artist who has worked internationally in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Her first book Selavi: That is Life won the 2005 Jane Addams Peace Award. Pitch Black: Don't Be Skerd, a graphic novel she co-authored with Anthony Horton, was named one of YALSA's Top Ten Great Graphic Novels in 2009.

About the Author

Diana Cohn is an educator with an active commitment to social justice work. She was a classroom teacher and trained teachers for many years and now works for a national foundation that supports communities working for economic and environmental justice. Diana has published two widely acclaimed books with Cinco Puntos, !Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! and The Bee Tree. She currently lives in northern California and is a member of the National Writers Union. Youme Landowne grew up loving stories. She has lived and worked as a community artist in New York, New Haven, Miami, Woods Hole, San Francisco, Kenya, Japan, Lao P.D.R., Vietnam,St. John,U.S.V.I., Haiti and Cuba. Youme's books include Selavi (That Is Life) -A Haitian Story of Hope, Mali Under the Night Sky-A Lao Story of Home, and Pitch Black with Anthony Horton. She is drawn to stories of survival and champions for social justice. Youme lives in an ever changing location with her partner and their two children.

Reviews

"[Diana] Cohn weaves numerous details about Bhutanese life and culture into her smoothly told story; Youme adds even more with watercolor images in a naive style that nicely matches Kinga's present-tense narration. ... [Crane Boy] gracefully celebrates both a little-known culture and its beloved birds." --Kirkus Review "The soft watercolor illustrations are as graceful as the text ... a fascinating, exquisite book." --Foreword Reviews "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, children's literature consultant and author of The Handbook for Storytelling and The Winners! Handbook "Give this lovely picture book to any child who is looking to change the world for the better." --School Library Journal "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 "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

EAN: 9781941026175
ISBN: 1941026176
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Dimensions: 22.35 x 24.89 x 0.51 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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