The Cry of the Crow
A gun blast wakes Mandy one morning. Someone in her family is shooting crows again. To Mandy's father and older brothers, crows are pests that have to be kept away from the farm's valuable strawberry crop. Even her younger brother, Drummer, can't wait until he's old enough to learn to shoot. So when Mandy finds the helpless baby crow in the woods, she feeds and tames her i...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published 1980)
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I am currently reading Jean Craighead George's The Cry of the Crow. The book is about a young girl named Mandy Tressel. Her father kills crows with guns because he works in the family blueberry farm and he thinks that the crows eat the blueberries. Then Mandy's family would not be able to make money. If I was Mandy's father I would not just kill crows like that. I would read about them and see if blueberries are part of their diet. So far I would give this book five stars out of 1 star because i...more
Not one of George's best, and a tad dated, but I enjoyed the info about crows and the Florida Everglades setting. At times it was a little too obvious that George was trying to work in real research info, but I don't think kids would notice, and for the most part it was pretty seamless. I won't spoil it, but George ends the book on an abrupt and slightly startling note.
Apparently this author writes other better books. This started as a book club that quit before the end. I don't know. The story is about a girl befriending a crow and trying to love it like a person, but it's really a wild animal. I guess the consequences of the mistake become clear by the end. There's a moral here.
If you have children, and you want to let them read very boring literature, this is the book for you. On the brightside, this will teach a young reader everything they need to know about quotation marks. Boy does this book love quotation marks.
Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey...moreMore about Jean Craighead George...