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Author: Cohn, Diana
Every year, Kinga and his classmates wait for the black-necked cranes to return to the kingdom of Bhutan, deep in the Himalayas. Every year, fewer cranes return. Together with classmates, Kinga creates and performs a dance to honor the cranes and also remind people of their duty to care for them.
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/15)
School Library Journal (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 K-Gr 4—Kinga is a young Bhutanese boy who eagerly anticipates the black-necked cranes' migration back to the Phobjika Valley—his home—each year. According to Kado, who is called the "Caretaker of the Cranes," fewer birds are migrating back each year. Kinga consults with his family and friends and decides to propose a festival to celebrate the birds' migration and draw attention to their need to be protected. Local monks partner with the schoolchildren to present a new crane dance to the King of Bhutan, as well as the townspeople, which attracts spectators from near and far. Cohn's straightforward text chronicles the fictionalized genesis of this very real festival held in the Kingdom of Bhutan each year, which has boosted awareness of ecologically sound farming practices to include wetlands habitat protection, as well as encouraged ecotourism in the area. Told from Kinga's perspective, the narrative serves as a very real answer to the question children often ask when they encounter an issue larger than themselves: "What can I do?" Landowne's brightly colored illustrations and soft-edged figures serve to reinforce the perspective of the child narrator while capturing the natural beauty of the Bhutanese culture and people. VERDICT Give this lovely picture book to any child who is looking to change the world for the better.—Colleen S. Banick, Westport Public Schools, CT - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.