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The Crows of Pearblossom

The Crows of Pearblossom

Spring 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Aldous Huxley
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
ISBN: 9780810997301
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Review:
Here, illustrator Sophie Blackall tells the story of world famous author Aldous Huxley, the British novelist perhaps best known for his dystopian classic Brave New World. Before the outbreak of World War II, Huxley relocated to California’s Mojave Desert where, in 1944, he presented his six-year-old niece Olivia with a children’s story. The Crows of Pearblossom relates how Mrs. Crow is troubled by an egg-gobbling rattlesnake who lives at the base of her tree and how her husband and Old Man Owl solve the problem by tricking the serpent. Out of print since it was first published in 1967, the story is now available again thanks to Sophie Blackall and her illustrations: vivid color drawings and amusingly conceived scenes that wonderfully shorten the distance between readers and her in-your-face subjects.

Jerry Griswold   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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