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The Crane Wife

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After Yohei tends a wounded crane, a beautiful young woman begs to become his wife and three times weaves for him an exquisite silken fabric on her loom.
Published 1981 by William Morrow & Company
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May 10, 2016 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This children's book features a Japanese folktale about a mysterious woman who can weave beautiful cloth. I found this book in the library's juvenile section, and was struck by the lovely and haunting illustrations. I'm fascinated by folktales from around the world, and was happy to have discovered this gem.
Jan 22, 2013 Lluvia rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-crane-wife
Retold by: Sumiko Yagawa
Grade: 3rd Grade

This love story is about a man who finds a wounded crane. He helps this crane and saves it's life. Later, he meets a woman who wants to become his wife. She is so beautiful he can't resist her offer. It's winter time and Yohei doesn't have enough food for both of them. His wife asks if she can weave, so she does. She asks Yohei not to see when she weaves. They sell the beautiful cloth for money and live comfortably for some time. During the middle to the e
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Oct 21, 2013 Hana Sm. rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian
This is a Japanese folktale about a poor man who finds a wounded crane near his home on a stormy wintry night. He nurses it back to health and sets it free. The next night a mysterious woman shows up on his doorstep and asks to be his wife. He is excited to have someone living with him because he was very lonely. Soon the food runs out, so the woman suggests that she try to weave a cloth that he can sell it in town. But she warns him to never look at her while she works. He agrees but wonders ...more
Lisa the Librarian
Retelling of a classic Japanese folk tale. I enjoyed the story and really liked the artwork. I would like to read other versions by different authors to see how this one compares. This was translated by Katherine Paterson so counts toward this year's current community reading project (ProvoREADS). It is one of my two favorites by her (the other is also a Japanese folk tale) but did find some of the words to be a bit mature for small children.
Jun 09, 2015 Mayer added it
I think it is a great book so i want to read it but as this is the first time i'm trying to read here. i dont know how it works
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One of the most well-known folklore in Japan.
Universal truth: People will do what they are told NOT to do.
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A beautiful parable. The artwork is stunning
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