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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-A fascinating look at aspects of this clever bird's social behavior-mobbing, food gathering, and family cooperation. The text is vividly written and easy to understand, and the detailed color illustrations are striking. The picture-book format provides views that will be familiar to everyone who has ever observed these creatures, from pecking at trash in a park to soaring over a winter landscape. This excellent overview captures the crow's quirky playfulness as well as day-to-day actions. For more in-depth coverage for older readers, Pringle's Listen to the Crows (HarperCollins, 1976) is hard to beat.
Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR
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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Crows may be best known for their raucous calls, but Pringle's informal, fact-filled narrative and Marstall's clear, beautiful pictures show that behind the noise is a complex language (they make at least 25 different sounds) and a great variety of smart birds that show their intelligence in many ways. The information about where crows live, what they eat, how they hunt, mate, nest, raise their young, protect themselves, migrate, and so on through the seasons is presented in an immediate, simple style that brings the reader up close to many birds in forests, fields, and city streets. The details make clear that both author and artist know these birds, and the combination of biology and personal observation will help children see for themselves that there is nothing "common" about the common crow. With the dramatic pictures of the big, glossy black birds, this science book is great for group sharing and for a lively read-aloud. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: NC1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Strange and Wonderful
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590787242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590787243
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I ordered this book I did not realize it was for children. I was attracted by the wonderful cover picture of a crow. Discovering that it is for children didn't bother me at all, since I love children's books as much as I love crows. This one is delightful in it's description of the intelligence, personality and habits of crows. Children will enjoy learning about their playful antics and their ability to solve problems, use tools and adapt to a variety of environments. I highly recommend this book to parents, children and anyone who loves birds.
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Bob Marstall illustrates a picture book coverage of a creature well-known to most US kids: what will be less known is the intriguing facts herein; from the fact that crows have over twenty distinct communication sounds to how they deal with danger. An intriguing coverage helps kids take a second look at the crow.
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"Crows! Strange and Wonderful"
Written by Laurence Pringle
Illustrated by Bob Marstall
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Although as a highly successful species, crows can be real pests they are also fascinating and highly intelligent animals. This brisk, well-written picturebook offers a quick look at crows and their culture and makes good nonfiction reading for kids and adults alike. In a few short pages, I learned several things about crows that I didn't already know, such as their ability to mimic human speech and their social nesting patterns, where juvenile crows will help parents hatch and raise a new generation of chicks. Who knew, right? This is a strong, straightforward book with mid-level text that is not overly dense and still simple enough for most young readers to get a lot out of. Recommended! (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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This is a very nice kids book. The information is presented really well so that a child's interest in the book is not lost. The drawings are well done as well. Great book for kids!
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The pictures are surprisingly beautiful. My 6 year old son loved this book. I actually learned quite a bit of new information myself.
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Crows are cool and everyone should learn about them, especially children. This is a nicely illustrated children's book with beautiful artwork and very interesting and educational information about these willy birds. Caw, Caw, Caw! Buy this book for your child, you will also enjoy reading it.
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They are so smart! I wish people would have this as a coffee table book to educate others. A good book to read to children....a good book to read to adults! This is a keeper for me.
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This is a child's book. As such it is quite nice. The cover is handsome and encourages examination of the contents. The book has only 32 pages so as not to be too taxing to young readers, or to be too hastily put aside.

The drawings are excellent and are just the thing to make the book attractive to youngsters. It contains just enough prose to be informational but at the same time not off-putting. There exist several fine, "grown-up" books on the subject of the bird family corvidae, one such member being the crow. This book <Crows, Strange and Wonderful> seems to be to be just the thing that might cause a young person to want to read the more authoritative books eventually.

I had hoped that it would be such a book that I could give as a gift to a child. It turned out to be just that and I am pleased. The author and illustrator turned out a fine product that I am happy to recommend.
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