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Crane & Crane = Compare & Contrast

Crand & Crane high res

What does a sandhill crane and a construction crane have it common? They can both build a home for a new family.  Both cranes lift, stack, and sway their way through this clever book told with just twenty-seven carefully selected words.


One big bird. One big machine. Both on the same mission: build a home before the baby comes, no matter the obstacles. Will they both succeed?

Why I Love This Book

I love that author, Linda Joy Singleton has managed to tell a complete story with action (building two homes), conflict (through blustery weather), and give it sweet, satisfying ending (babies and parents snuggling down in their new homes to sleep) using only a simple sequence of verbs!  Add Richard Smythe’s soft watercolor and crayon illustrations and you have a new hit for your playlist—a perfect duet!

This book is attracting big attention from educators for its observation, language skills and contrast and compare qualities. I hope to see more from this pair in the future!


“This charming and original book offers much for young readers and their caregivers to talk about as well as encouraging comparison and simile skills.” –Kirkus Review


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Crane & Crane illustration copyright ©Richard Smythe 2019



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Crane & Crane
by Linda Joy Singleton
Illustrated by Richard Smythe
Amicus Ink Publishing
ISBN 978-1681524085

photo collage danna smith

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