The Crane Girl


32 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-19-540877-2
DDC jC813'.54




Reviewed by Kelly L. Green

Kelly L. Green is a freelance writer living in Ajax, Ontario.


This wonderful tale of a little girl’s jealousy and alienation when
her little brother is born is a story any older sibling can appreciate.
Set in Japan, and complemented by beautifully colorful and evocative
illustrations, the story is just exotic enough not to be too close or
threatening for small people who may be experiencing similar emotions.
The cautionary aspect of the little girl turning into a crane for a
period of time, however, may be a bit off-putting for sensitive

The story is lovingly and simply well written. As an illustrator,
Charles has the gift of catching just the right expression on a face,
adding volumes to the story. She has taken pains to reflect the beauty
of Japanese culture through illustrative and written detail, and has
provided a note on the cultural significance of certain story elements
at the back of the book. An excellent selection for children aged 4 to


Charles, Veronika Martenova., “The Crane Girl,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 20, 2024,