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Summer travels sometimes begins with a storybook:
More than forty years ago a journey to Asia led the author of The Majestic Crane to visit exchange students in Japan. This encounter landed her in Tokyo, Kamakura and the Shuzenji Mountains. Upon returning to the United States she eventually took up the study of Japanese as well.

In this juvenile chapter book you will discover diversity through the experiences of an African American girl who read the traditional folklore “The Crane Maiden” retold in a storybook she found in Wilson Elementary School Library while attending her first integrated school in 1970. The writer believes this beautifully written book with bright illustrations left a life-long impression that transformed her life by igniting her imagination with an interest in a culture and people once foreign to her.

Should you be inspired to color a page and write a poem about this book or the art, feel free to share it with us: publisher@wigglespress.com

Published by Rochelle O'Neal Thorpe

Publisher, Rochelle O'Neal Thorpe, is a graduate of Emerson College with a Master of Arts from the School of Communications in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Rochelle obtained a Bachelors in Business Administration from UMass Amherst Isenberg School and minored in East Asian Studies: Chinese Language and Literature with additional studies in Japanese. She began writing her first published work 2009 and in 2019 Rochelle commemorated her 10th year as a publisher of authors under the imprint Wiggles Press. Wiggles Press has the vision to be a collaborative publisher that encourages authors to keep inspiring children with imagination and laughter.

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