The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove (The Children of Crow Cove #1)
Near a little cove where a brook runs out to the sea live a girl and her grandmother. All alone with no neighbors at all, the two lead a peaceful existence. They have a house, dine on sea kale and mussels and sand snails, and build fires from driftwood. But the grandmother is very old. When the time comes that the girl must b ...more
Thank goodness for some joy toward the end. It is a kids’ book so I was expecting it. Most of the book was dismally grim though. It was bone chillingly depressing for quite a long time, and I think it wou ...more
Beautiful language and story.
Just before she dies, Crow-girl's grandma gives her three rules for life.
1) "You will find two kinds of people in the world. Some say there are the bad and the good. But it isn't like that. Since what is good for one may be bad for another. No, that doesn't work. You have to depend on your intuition. There are those who make you feel inside as if you are drinking a good, warm soup--even if you are hungry and the two of you have nothing to eat. In sp ...more
I was actually surprised by how somber much of the story is. I expected that, after the (expected) grandmother's death, things would improve for the Crow-Girl. But, her journey is filled with as many nasty snags and sor ...more
The book starts with three life lessons passed down from a grandmother to her granddaughter, and then we see each one played out in the story that follows. It is more than a story of ...more
The Crow-Girl is about an unnamed girl who lives with her grandmother. The grandmother warns the girl that she will die soon and how to know when that happens. She then tells her that people have both good and bad inside and you have to see if it is the right goodness for you. When her grandmother dies, the girl sets out. She first finds a woman who wants her to work for her and then wants to take all her things, but she escapes one night. Then, she finds a man and a toddler ...more
Crow-Girl lives a meager but happy life with her very elderly grandmother on a distant cove of a Scandinavian country on the east side(I'm guessing) of the North Sea.
At the outset, grandmother, dying, is teaching Crow-Girl the three great lessons of life. Her final one:
"There are two kinds of people... Ther ...more
Review: This story is a great survival story in so many ways. It deals with both physical and emotional survival. The advice given by the grandmother is honest and rings true and then is reflects in the story. The Crow-girl learns that people are neither good or bad, what ...more
Remembering her grandmother's words regarding two kinds of people," those that make you feel good inside, and then those who cause you to freeze inside, even if you are sitting before a roaring fire and have ...more
I loved the characters of the grandmother and granddaughter and the way they turned bleakness into beauty--the ...more
Crow Girl, the first in a series, is set in an unnamed seaside land and feels like it takes place in the middle ages. At the beginning of the book a girl with no name, early to mid adolescence, lives alone with her grandmother in a remote seaside cottage. They are poor but know how to keep themselves fed with mussels from the sea and other local foods. The grandmother is dying and in the opening chapters we hear her advising the girl on how to take care of herself after the ...more
A sweet and pastoral story of a young girl who is orphaned by the death of her grandmother, and of her search for belonging. Her grandmother’s parting advice was Crow-girl’s guiding light and is fitting for us today: “There are those who make you feel inside as if you are drinking a good, warm soup…they nourish you. And then there are those who cause you to freeze inside…they are not good for you, even though others might say that they are good people.” This book was originally writte ...more
"The second rule says that the door to a person's heart can only be opened from within. If there is someone who will not let you in, it's no use hammering and kicking and lamenting and complaining. For what if the door is ajar, and you push it shut? With some people it can never be opened again."
We never get to find out her real name.
The girl - she lives near a cove, by a brook that runs out to sea, with her wise but ailing grandmother. They live secluded from the rest of the t ...more
A captivating, somber, almost philosophical read. The image of a lonely cove's rocky shoreline, populated by only a few small, mostly empty, mostly ruined homes; some sea life; a girl; and her bed-ridden grandmother, set the tone of the book. Though the time and place (other than being coastal and boggy) are indistinct and vague, that never seemed to matter - the story was very timeless, and the mysteriousness seemed appropriate, considering the protagonist's ignorance of her own name. I would n...more
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-Set in the indistinct past, this is the poignant story of a girl who lives with her grandmother on a lonely stretch of coast in Denmark. The two survive by collecting driftwood and carefully harvesting the gifts of the sea. The coziness of their life is punctuated by Grandmother's awareness that her own life is tenuous; ...more
The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff is a Danish story of a young girl who faces the harshness of life with love and acceptance. The girl, who has no name, is left alone when her grandmother dies. Faced with the words of wisdom her grandmother has given her, Crow Girl, as she gets called, heads off to find her way in the world. As she travels, she meets people who are kind on the surface but dark underneath, people who have faced hardships much worse than her own, a ...more
Crow Girl's grandmother eke out a simple existence &, as Grandmother approaches her death (the vehicle for subsequent acti ...more
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“There are those who make you feel inside as if you are drinking a good, warm soup – even if you are hungry and the two of you have nothing to eat. In spite of that they nourish you.
“And then there are those who cause you to freeze inside, even if you are sitting before a roaring fire and have eaten your fill. Those you should keep away from. They are not good for you, even though others might say that they are good people…”