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Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Animals
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Abrams Books for Young Readers on March 1st 2011
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
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Written in 1944 by Aldous Huxley as a Christmas gift for his niece, The Crows of Pearblossom tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow, who live in a cottonwood tree. The hungry Rattlesnake that lives at the bottom of the tree has a nasty habit of stealing Mrs. Crow's eggs before they can hatch, so Mr. Crow and his wise friend, Old Man Owl, devise a sneaky plan to trick him.
This funny story of cleverness triumphing over greed, similar in tone and wit to the work of A. A. Milne, shows a new side of a great writer. Paired with stunning illustrations by Sophie Blackall, this timeless tale is sure to grab the attention of many readers—adults and children alike.
Although I was familiar with the fact that author Aldous Huxley wrote the well known Brave New World, I had not personally read any of his writing. Then to be introduced by a long out of print children’s book that has made it’s way back to the market is delightful. This book is witty and fun and the illustrations are vibrant and imaginative. There is a definite humor throughout. I can easily imagine my father chuckling as he reads this to the grandchildren. I’m quite certain it will be loved by children (of all ages).
This little story was written as a story for his niece as I understand it and was published after his death in the 1960s. What a legacy to leave forward.
About the author
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), the author of Brave New World, lived the latter part of his life near the Mojave Desert, where this story is set. Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of many children’s books, including the Ivy and Bean series. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at www.sophieblackall.com.