While recognizing the offensive traits of crows, the author is nevertheless able to point out some of their virtues. Magpies, ravens jays, nutcrackers, Steller's jays and gray jays are all members of this infamous family. Their differences and similarities are outlined in clear unadorned prose. Crows, after all, are responsible not only for nest robbing but also for pest destruction and in Florida and California for ritling the shares of decaying refuse. Crows are extremely intelligent birds despite their unworthy endeavors. As in her earlier book, Camels . Miss Earle succeeds in simplifying informative material for young people. Her eff may earn these birds a higher rating on popularity polls of bird lovers.