This book describes how crows meet, mate, nest, raise their young, and learn to fly, and their unique way of communicating. Crows are known to roost in large numbers in the fall and winter for safety, protection from the weather, and to find a mate. Young crows start fledging when they are 30-40 days old, sometimes tumbling to the ground when their flying skills have not yet developed. Mature crows will mob predators to protect grounded youngsters, while encouraging the fledglings to fly to safety. Crows are extremely intelligent, social birds. Their language is unique and not entirely understood by scientists. This introduction to the natural history of crows for children also includes a brief discussion of the difference between crows and ravens.
Margaret Peot is an artist, writer, and teacher, and paints costumes for Broadway theater, as well as for dance, ice shows, and arena shows. She is the author/artist of twelve other books, including The Science of Light, which is a 2023 Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity, which was awarded a Eureka! Silver Medal for Nonfiction Children’s Books.
Peot's enthusiasm is contagious and her ideas about using images to develop creativity are intriguing... this book is likely to make teachers and artists catch the inkblot bug.
A brightly illustrated story perfect for the very beginner reader.
In the well-composed ink-and-watercolor artwork, the unexpectedly brilliant hue of Crow's feathers glow against the many white backgrounds. A short, satisfying read-aloud choice with an inviting jacket and pictures that show up beautifully from a distance.