THE CROW WHO STOOD ON HIS BEAK by Rafik Schami

THE CROW WHO STOOD ON HIS BEAK

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A celebration of one who dares to be different, with some discordant notes along the way. A young crow lives with his mother among all the other crows. His mother, whose mate was killed by an eagle, must find food by herself and has to leave the little crow home alone. The other, presumably two-parent, crow families think he is a bad influence on their babies when he wanders through the branches on his own. Worse, he stands on his beak when he's bored. One day, a grandmother entertains the youngsters with a tale about a peacock. The young crow is so intrigued that he sets off to find the bird. He learns that the peacock's feathers are impressive, but so is his own ability to stand on his beak. When the peacock loses its tail feathers, the book ends with a moral about pride. Energetic illustrations feature an ebulliently resourceful hero, but the many messages are confusing: This is, all at once, a story about the struggles of a single parent, the sin of pride, and a reminder to be true to one's self. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-55858-527-3
Page count: 30pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1996




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