The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff
The Children of Crow Cove

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A timeless novel about the kindness of strangers

Near a little cove where a brook runs out to the sea live a girl and her grandmother. All alone with no neighbors at all, the two lead a peaceful existence. They have a house, dine on sea kale and mussels and sand snails, and build fires from driftwood. But the grandmother is very old. When the time comes that the girl must bury the woman, she makes up a funeral song about the birds she is watching: Two crows never fly alone, and death is never, ever past. The next day the same crows seem to beckon her, and so the Crow-Girl begins her journey, one in which she will meet people both warm and cold, hurt and hurtful. And the Crow-Girl, before she knows it, has the makings before her of a new family . . .

This lyrical story, with its characters' moments of darkness always overcome through incredible humanity, introduces a strong new voice for American readers.

About Bodil Bredsdorff

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Bodil Bredsdorff is a popular Danish children's book author. This is her first novel to be published in the United States.
Published May 11, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 160 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Knowing that she is dying, the grandmother passes along to the apparently nameless girl several nuggets of advice, for example, that she must "continue wishing and hoping, for then, at last, you will get what was wished and hoped for—even if it is in a completely different way from what you had i...

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that in addition to the path the heroine takes, there's another path to follow here -- the ways in which her grandmother's dying advice plays out in her life.

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She tells the girl about the two kinds of people in the world --- those who make you feel cold inside and those who make you feel warm inside.

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