The Crane Wife

4.08 avg rating
( 195 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780152163501: The Crane Wife

When Osamu, a lonely sail maker, nurses an injured crane one blustery night, he never suspects that this simple act of kindness will change his life forever.
This retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale teaches readers young or old a lesson about life and love.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

This classic Japanese folktale, accompanied by stunning paintings by award-winning illustrator Gennady Spirin, gently explores the nature of love, promises, and betrayal. Osamu was a sail maker who lived high above the sea. "As he pulled the warp and weft of his sail together, he would often think to himself, How beautiful the cranes are. Of all the birds, they are the most like sails. It is as if the wind is held in their wings." One blustery night, a large crane crashes into Osamu's door and lies stunned on his porch. The lonely sail maker nurses it back to health and watches the graceful bird soar away. When this crane returns to Osamu's door in the disguise of a beautiful young woman, the drama really begins. They fall in love, and marry, but there comes a time when there is no longer food for them to eat. Yukiko tells her husband that she can make a magic sail for him to sell in the village, but that he must promise never to look at her while she is making it, and later, that he must never expect her to make another one. Both promises are broken, and in the end, Osamu never sees her again: "He wove simple sails for the rest of his years, there at his window, gazing at the marsh and the white cranes. And each autumn, in the season of storms, he waited for a knock on his door." Spirin's moody, intricate watercolor illustrations evoke medieval Japan, and perfectly complement the spare, poetic prose of Odds Bodkin's skillful retelling. (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson

About the Author:

ODDS BODKIN is an acclaimed storyteller, composer, and teacher of the art of storytelling. He lives in New Hampshire.



GENNADY SPIRIN has illustrated numerous books, which have been published in both his native Europe and the United States. He lives in New Jersey.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Odds Bodkin
Published by Voyager Books,U.S., United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Voyager Books,U.S., United States, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. When Osamu, a lonely sail maker, nurses an injured crane one blustery night, he never suspects that this simple act of kindness will change his life forever. This retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale teaches readers young or old a lesson about life and love. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780152163501

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Odds Bodkin
Published by Voyager Books,U.S., United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Voyager Books,U.S., United States, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Gennady Spirin (illustrator). Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. When Osamu, a lonely sail maker, nurses an injured crane one blustery night, he never suspects that this simple act of kindness will change his life forever. This retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale teaches readers young or old a lesson about life and love. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780152163501

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Odds Bodkin; Gennadii Spirin; Gennady Spirin
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801521635010000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Odds Bodkin Illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Published by Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0152163506

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
2.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.69
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Bodkin, Odds
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Quantity Available: 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2002. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # V6-9780152163501

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
2.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Bodkin, Odds
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers (2002)
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0152163506

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
3.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.30
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Odds Bodkin
Published by Voyager Books,U.S., United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Voyager Books,U.S., United States, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Gennady Spirin (illustrator). Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. When Osamu, a lonely sail maker, nurses an injured crane one blustery night, he never suspects that this simple act of kindness will change his life forever. This retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale teaches readers young or old a lesson about life and love. Bookseller Inventory # BZE9780152163501

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Bodkin, Odds
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Quantity Available: 8
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2002. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780152163501

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
3.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Bodkin, Odds
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 956948

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
3.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Bodkin, Odds; Spirin, Gennadii; Spirin, Gennady
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10: 0152163506 ISBN 13: 9780152163501
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0152163506 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|0.5. Bookseller Inventory # OTF-S-9780152163501

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
4.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book