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As The Crow Flies Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312621566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312621568
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A murder of crows swoops through city streets and over the heads of pedestrians as the birds scavenge for food. They find it in a dog’s bowl and on the street, and they even manage to “finagle a big piece of the pigeon’s bagel.” They also have fun playing a game of midair catch with a straw and posing picturesquely in a cemetery. As the sun sets, their numbers swell, and they take to the forests just in time to disappear into darkness. While there is no driving narrative in this lovely offering, there is a satisfying sense of a journey, and Keenan’s clever, rhyming lines will appeal to young ears, even as attentive readers will be able to extrapolate some of the playful behavioral characteristics of the titular corvids. Duggan’s deeply grained imagery, meanwhile, adds a sense of majesty as viewers swoop along with the crows over buildings, down streets, beneath glowing clouds, and through a sunset that practically generates warmth off the pages. A lighthearted look at the often ominously portrayed avians. Preschool-Grade 1. --Jesse Karp

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Praise for As the Crow Flies:

“First-time illustrator Duggan’s images mix static calm with dynamism, tranquil cityscapes with speeding cars. His portraits of crows and their antics are faithful and careful, and he makes especially effective use of panels to convey sequences of events. It’s more of a naturalist’s journal than a nonfiction reference—the scenes were inspired by crow behavior the husband-and-wife team witnessed firsthand. . . .Read­ers should look more closely at crows after they read Keenan and Duggan’s book, but not before lingering over the illustrations.” —Publishers Weekly

“Keenan and Duggan have created a dandy introduction to the raucous birds. Speaking in short, rhyming couplets, the avian narrator walks readers through an urban neighborhood as it explains how crows steal food, mess up car windows, and keep warm by flying through the city calling loudly during daylight hours, then roosting together in leafless trees on cold fall and winter nights. . . .This lovely example of picture-book design–a beautiful meld of text and illustrations–deserves a place on both school and public library shelves.” —School Library Journal

“A helpful addition to the nature shelf, especially for its uncommon focus on urban birds.” —Kirkus

“This could be useful as an introduction to a nature study lesson or as a poetic part of a bird-themed story session.” —BCCB


More About the Author

SHEILA KEENAN is an established author of fiction and nonfiction, including
As the Crow Flies, a picture book collaboration with her artist-husband Kevin Duggan
Greetings from the 50 States: How They Got Their Names
Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People
O, Say Can You See? America's Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words
Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters: A Book of World Mythology

She also collaborated with David Macaulay on his new series of beginning readers:
Castle: How It Works
Jet: How It Works
and the upcoming How It Works books on toilets and eyes.

Her latest book, Dogs of War, is a graphic novel of historical fiction based on the role of dogs in the military; it will be published by Scholastic Graphix in Fall 2013.

She lives in New York City and you can visit her at www.sheilakeenan.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bummerologist on December 28, 2012
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Kevin Duggan's paintings of crows flying, roosting, foraging, murdering and doing other sorts of crow business are marvels of observation. Sheila Keenan's verse is supple and filled with wit. A book that can be taken out again and again and that spurs one to wonder and admiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith T. Fenoff on November 17, 2012
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Art work is beautiful and the writing is wonderful. Great for children as well as adults who love crows and love to watch them soar.
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The story is simple: the facts about Crows; the illustrations are beautiful. Just lovely!!!!! Great for young and old alike!
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