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Blacky the Crow (Dover Children's Thrift Classics)

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Children will love this wonderful tale of a crow who spies two fresh eggs in a nest belonging to Hooty the Owl and Mrs. Hooty. Does Blacky snatch those delicious eggs? Filled with humor and important lessons about nature and wildlife. Reset in large, easy-to-read type. Four originalillustrations by Harrison Cady. ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 23rd 1998 by Dover Publications (first published 1922)
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Jonathan Marshall
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This is a phrase that brings a smile to my face as often as I hear it. As a young child, I would lose myself for hours in the simple world of the wood and pond inhabited by Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Grandfather Frog, and terrorized by Farmer Brown's Boy. I can remember the very shelf, even the exact spot in the little library in Felton, CA where these books were kept. I would return practically every week with a new armload to last me until our next trip to the library. Of
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Laura
Blacky the Crow is not thoroughly black-hearted, despite his name. No, he’s actually quite a good-hearted fellow – when he hears that danger is coming to the forest he rushes ahead and warns his fellow inhabitants. But there is one point on which Blacky the Crow is utterly unreasonable, and that is his love for freshly laid eggs.

Will Blacky’s desire to suck an egg cloud his normally good-natured temperament? Or will he continue in his position as watchman of the forest?

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Evan
For years I've been trying to figure out the name of the crow-story book I read back in the second grade so long ago. Not remembering the title made hunting for it in bookshops pretty much impossible. I only remember the cover being red and of the thick plain "library binding" type, so I've been hunting for years for thick red hardcovers when that's probably not what I should have been looking for. On a whim this evening I typed "classic children's books crow" into Google and this title was the ...more
Ashish Seth
The book was drab and repetitive. I think creatures in the book written by Burgess have nothing to eat else than eggs. Also they are to wise to fall into any pitfalls. Anyhow I liked this book.
Cathy
Free Kindle download. Very cute children's story about Blacky the Crow's adventures in the forest and his obsession with eating eggs. Blacky is crafty and self-serving but he does have a nice side - sometimes. Each chapter has a moral ala Aesop's Fables. An Example: There is no compromise with right and wrong. A half-right is not as good as a whole-right and a half-wrong is still very wrong.
Jean
I loved this book! Probably more as a child than an adult, but nonetheless, it brought back great memories. I am sure I read every book in the series of the woodland creatures and learned many of the lessons they taught. I could not wait for the bookmobile to home and bring me new adventures. These would most likely be good stories for a parent and child to share at bedtime.
Vandy
I have my grandma's copy of this well loved and read book. I can remember reading it at my great grandma's house when I was little and I have read it to my children.

Very fun and imaginative. Blacky the Crow always finds mischief.
Heather Oakman
Very easy children's book. Simple story lines about a clever crow that gets in and out of mischief. Each chapter is headed by a "moral", emphasizing intelligence, loyalty, ingenuity, taking risks etc.
Odessa
I know that it is more for younger kids, but it has certain aspects that make it okay for ANY age group. It was really fun and had mystery, but it was clean and funny.
Rick
I probably found this cuter than my son did. Blacky starts out as a bit of a scamp, but redeems himself in the end. A great quick light read.
Jim
could read it, the writing was so poor. was able to skim only. despite that it may work as a read aloud for first graders?
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Thornton W. (Waldo) Burgess (1874-1965), American author, naturalist and conservationist, wrote popular children's stories including the Old Mother West Wind (1910) series. He would go on to write more than 100 books and thousands of short-stories during his lifetime.
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