CROWBAR: The Smartest Bird in the World
Jean Craighead George; Illus. by Wendell Minor
HarperCollins Oct. 19, 2021
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
Penned by late Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George and adapted by her children, this picture book follows the family’s real experience of rescuing and raising a baby crow foundling they named Crowbar. Minor’s art, done in graphite and gouache and enhanced digitally, offers realistic, meticulous snapshots of the crow and family, forming a tender interspecies familial portrait. Back matter includes more about crows, with a list of additional resources.
Two of George's three children are listed as collaborators on the Newbery Medalist's final picture-book text; together they find the perfect balance of warmth and information. Minor's lovely illustrations use a slightly subdued palette, giving the bird plenty of personality without anthropomorphizing him. Sweet story of nature and nurturing."
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