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Author – Helen Fox.
I love Nature and all creatures great and small. I live close to a beautiful Park in North London, where I can often be found feeding the squirrels and birds. I love all birds but I am drawn to crows in particular, for though they are the least loved of all birds, they are very intelligent and charismatic.
During my daily walks at the Park, I found that three crows would be at the same spot each time I went to feed them and before long I discovered they favoured meaty foods to seeds, so I tried my best to oblige. I noticed that when one would fly off the grass the other two would follow suit, so I gathered they must be a family; father, mother and perhaps their son?
One afternoon, my crows weren’t there and as I sat at the bench and waited, the younger one landed on the grass walking anxiously around. Seconds later, he took to the air circling low over the trees and cawing his little heart out. Was he calling his parents? Were his carks cries of fear and despair, had his parents abandoned him or even worse been killed?
It was this scene that inspired me to write ‘ George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley,’ a traditional storytelling that has been loved by many readers.
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Publisher – AG Books
Pages – 111
The Blurb – After his parents are killed, George, the Orphan Crow, starts a new life among the lively creatures of Blossom Valley and the enchanting butterflies that live there. But all is not as it seems… an evil ladybird, envious of the butterflies’ beauty lures them to a remote place with a wicked plan in mind. George becomes suspicious and flies out looking for them. But is he too late? Has the wicked ladybird already put her plan into action? This original, intriguing story is mainly told by the colourful characters that make up the community and will fascinate readers of all ages.
My thoughts – This is a beautiful book that children and adults will both equally enjoy. After the loss of his parents George finds himself alone, until an owl guides him to Blossom Valley. Blossom Valley is full of animals and I loved the descriptions the author used, I could easily visualise the surroundings and every character. I also love how she has given each animal a distinctive personality.
This is made more relevant when George uncovers a plot by the ladybirds, the once peaceful valley is threatened by their jealousy. Each animal uses their own individual skill to help.
This is important for children to read as I think it emphasises that everybody is an individual. Not every body is good at everything, but everybody is good at something.
A beautiful read for adults and children alike.
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