The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove Book Poster Image

The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove

(i)

 

Orphaned girl seeks new family on Danish coast.

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

A drunken man beats his wife and daughter, not described.

Language
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in addition to the path the heroine takes, there's another path to follow here -- the ways in which her grandmother's dying advice plays out in her life.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

A child grows up with only her grandmother in an isolated cottage in a cove on the pre-industrial Danish coast. Knowing she is dying, her grandmother teaches the girl both wisdom and survival skills. When the grandmother dies, the girl buries her, then sets out along the coast, led by a pair of crows, to find a place to belong.

Along the way she is taken in by a greedy woman, who calls her Crow Girl, and from whom she eventually escapes. She meets a man gone mad with grief for his dead wife who gives her his toddler boy to care for, a mother and daughter escaping from an abusive husband, and a lonely shepherd. Together all of these damaged souls return with her to her cove to begin new lives.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This lovely, bleakly poignant translation from Danish was a Batchelder Honor book for 2004. It's an atmospheric piece, timeless, quiet, and somewhat melancholy, but warmhearted and hopeful. Though the heroine has a very rough time, but the story is told with the matter-of-factness of a fairy tale and so avoids being a tearjerker. Like a fairy tale too it has just the slightest hint of magic and mystery.

It won't be to every child's taste: With its lack of action it will seem slow to some. But those who are intrigued by the details of life in a place and time far removed from our own will find much to enjoy. And those empathetic young souls, whose hearts will go out to Crow Girl and yearn for her to find her place, will love the deeply satisfying ending.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about family. Why does the girl leave her home after her grandmother dies? What is the girl surprised to learn once she leaves her sheltered home? How does she go about building a new family?

Book details

Author:Bodil Bredsdorff
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:January 30, 2005
Number of pages:155

This review of The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

Top advice and articles

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written byWitchhazel100 August 25, 2016

thought provoking

I was really surprised my tween daughter was riveted to this book. It is so painfully sad especially in the beginning. Written during some unspecific time when people had to be very resourceful as there was no public "safety net". She meets unscrupulous people along the way as long as good people. It seems very real.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?