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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849392006
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

The Heron and the Crane


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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...

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849392006
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

John Yeoman

John Yeoman was for many years Head of English at the French Lycée in London. His collaboration with Quentin Blake began in 1960, and has resulted in a long list of successful children’s books of which a number of earlier well-loved titles are now being republished by Andersen Press for new generations of readers.

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.


Praise for The Heron and the Crane

“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


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