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cranes: the facts and myths
cranes are some of the most interesting birds in this planet, so i am not surprised if myths about them exists. here is a compilation of myths and facts, i researched, that i thought as the most fascinating, accompanied by photos of the magnificent birds:
- fact: cranes are known as opportunistic flyers, as they rely on thermals and tail winds to carry them [ source ]
- myth: according to an ancient Japanese legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane [ source ]
- fact: the average life expectancy of a wild crane is 7 years, but many live 20 to 30 years [ source ]
- myth: a native American myth used to consider it a good omen when seeing a crane while fishing [ source ]
- fact: adult cranes maintain lifelong pair bonds, but they will “divorce” if reproduction is unsuccessful and “remarry” if a mate dies [ source ]
- myth: an Asian legend states that if a mortal achieves immortality, they are carried off by a crane or attains the ability to transform into a crane [ source ]
- fact: a crane’s diet varies depending on the season and the location, which means they have great adaptive skills [ source ]
- myth: in some myths, the dance of cranes depicts a love of joy and a celebration of life, and the cranes were often associated with gods Apollo and Hephaestus [ source ]
- fact: adult cranes cannot swim, however colts, baby cranes, can [ source ]
- myth: an ancient text states that one crane would stand as a guard while the others are sleeping, the guarding crane holding a stone in its claw, and if it fell asleep it would drop the stone and wake [ source ]
title: six crimson cranes
author: elizabeth lim
release date: 6 july 2021
age category: young adult
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Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her. [ goodreads ]
ELIZABETH LIM is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology (Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk), the New York Times bestseller So This is Love, and the USA Today bestseller Reflection. Forthcoming books include the Six Crimson Cranes duology, expected summer 2021 and summer 2022, respectively.
Elizabeth grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.
Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and she turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel—for kicks, at first, then things became serious—and she hasn’t looked back since.
Elizabeth graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in music and a secondary in East Asian Studies, and she completed her graduate degrees (MM, DMA) at The Juilliard School. She grew up in Northern California and Tokyo, Japan, and now resides in New York with her husband and two daughters. [ author website | twitter | instagram | goodreads ]