on April 9, 2016
Blacky the Crow is an adorable little book that has made a delightful edition to our little story book collection. My daughter is only eleven months old for now, but we are already reading to hear as much as we can. With this book, I only did a chapter a night and it was perfect. They are not too long or too short. They are just right. Blacky the Crow always seems to be landing himself into some sort of mischief and it is always entertaining to read about it and see how he manages to get out of it. Right now, I know she doesn't understand any of it, but as she gets older and grows up with these tales she will learn the individual lessons that are hidden within each book.
on September 21, 2011
This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. Plus, unlike many of these Dover editions of Thornton Burgess' books, it has honest-to-god original Harrison Cady illustrations.
Harrison Cady did two sets of drawings for this title; 8 color ones, printed on plates, for Little, Brown, of which 4 were later used for Grosset & Dunlap, printed in B&W on plates. Then, Cady redrew those 4 as line drawings for Grosset & Dunlap to print on the text paper stock instead of on plates. Those 4 line drawings are crude by Harrison Cady's standards, compared to the line drawings he did for many other Burgess books.
This Dover edition has the 4 crude line drawings. Some other Dover editions have the illustrations from the B&W plates, and it would have been better if they had done that for this title too. But kudos to Dover for getting it basically right for this title.
If you like these illustrations, I'd recommend finding a used copy of the Little, Brown edition too -- mostly to get all 8 higher-quality drawings, but also to see them in color as Cady originally drew them.
on August 5, 2010
My husband and his siblings were read Thorton W. Burgess' books when they were young. They in turn read some of the same books to their children. We are now passing along these wonderful books to our grandchildren. They may have been written beginning in the early 1920's, but they are just as enjoyable today. I would give them a rating of 100 stars or more. We have given a number of our friends' young children several of these books and the children are thrilled with them. Mr. Burgess wrote 170 books. Try out a few. The stories are just wonderful and so very well written and are timeless. He makes creatures so enjoyable because of the personality that he gives them. Every now and then, I have a crow convention at the feeder in my backyard. I let them eat, thinking of Blacky the Crow and then just fill up the feeder for all my other birds when the crows leave. I wish that I could thank Mr. Burgess for all the joy that he has given to children for decades as well as my husband and me. We still enjoy them.