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Mediaeval Japan provides the backdrop for the classic tale of a sail maker who nurses a wounded crane to health. "Bodkin's finely tuned version abounds with drama and emotion in its rich presentation of morals, and near-perfect pacing sets the stage for the pathos of the ending," said PW in a starred review. "Spirin's compositions, filled with Japanese motifs and period details, cast an otherworldly mood." Ages 5-up.

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[star]"Abounds with drama and emotion . . . Gorgeous."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)[star]"Vivid. . . . The illustrations . . . place the human drama against a background of nature which is changeable, mysterious, and hauntingly beautiful."--Booklist (starred review)"A poetic gem . . . Exquisite and memorable."--Kirkus Reviews "A poetic gem...Exquisite and memorable."--"Kirkus Reviews

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