> Skip to content

The course of true love never did run smooth. This is a modern-day love story to delight readers of all ages, from the acclaimed partnership of John Yeoman and Quentin Blake.

Once upon a time, a heron and a crane lived at opposite ends of a swamp. One day, Crane realises he is lonely, and decides it's high time he got married, and it seems obvious to him that he should ask Heron to br his wife. So, after grooming himself very carefully he crosses the swamp to propose. But life is never simple and proposing turns out to be more difficult than Crane could ever have imagined...


The text has me chuckling every time and the illustrations by Quentin Blake are the perfect accompaniment.

Parents In Touch

Rather odd premise for a children's picture book, but somehow it manages to work . . . I like it better each time I read it!

Ruth Ng, TheBookbag.co.uk

A charming new book aimed at young children featuring the world famously brilliant illustrations of Quentin Blake.

Bury Free Press

John Yeoman and Quentin Blake are names on a book to guarantee something extra special and The Heron and the Crane is just that.

The School Librarian

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    February 1, 2011


    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • Fishpond
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.co.nz