This story is a retelling of the tale of The Crane Maiden through the experiences of an African American mom who shares the folklore with her daughter Misha.
The Crane Maiden was published in 1968 Parent’s Magazine Press, a sub division of Time Life, New York.
In Japanese culture the crane is also a symbol of peace and prosperity.
At age 9 Rochelle discovered this book in 1971 in the library of Wilson Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She eventually traveled to Tokyo, Japan in 1981.
In 1990, she became the first African American to be a dorm mother and she hosted to over 1,000 Japanese students at Showa Boston. Misha was born in 1992 on the campus of Showa and the students called her the Showa Baby. By age one she was listening to Daiko Drums and called Mikako ミカコ 美夏 or Beautiful Summer in both Japanese and Chinese.
Readers can learn more about her mother’s journey in the chapter book The Majestic Crane; An African American Girl’s Journey to Asian Culture illustrated by Master Japanese Artist Kaji Aso.
The Tales of Cranes will be available in English, Japanese and a dual text edition.