The Crows of Pearblossom
Written in 1944 by Aldous Huxley as a Christmas gift for his niece, The Crows of Pearblossom tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow, who live in a cottonwood tree. The hungry Rattlesnake that lives at the bottom of the tree has a nasty habit of stealing Mrs. Crow's eggs before they can hatch, so Mr. Crow and his wise friend, Old Man Owl, devise a sneaky plan to trick him.
Mr. Crow is a dick who treats his wife like shit. He finds her in distress and asks her if she's forgotten not to eat too much, y'know, like a fucking child that's had too much ice cream. When she has a good idea, he tells her it's a bad idea, then goes to his buddy's house to see how he can use his wife's idea and claim it as his own, but not before telling her to shut up...more
Gardeners will enjoy it as a reminder of th...more
Aldous wrote The Crows of Pearlblossom in Christmas 1944 as a gift to Olivia, mentioning their neighbors Mr. & Mrs. Yost's house as the site of the...more
"I cannot fly, I have no wings; I cannot run, I have no legs; But I can creep where the black bird sings, and eat her speckled eggs, ha, ha; And eat her speckled eggs."Because of the popularity of the book, every other review will include facts like, "the only children's book written by Aldo...more
This book was written by Aldous Huxley, which I didn't know as a kid, of course. I love that the crows trick the snake, although it is the owl who helps them to do so. I like the ending, where the snake ge...more
But the almost 70-year old (!) text has some offhand misogyny I can't quite get comfortable with. (Mr Crow to Mrs Crow: "You haven't been overeating again, have you?" "Your ideas are seldom good, I may ad...more
A snake dines on Mrs. Crow's eggs daily. This frustrates her. She commands Mr. Crow to go down the snake hole to kill the snake. Yeah, that's not going to happen. So Mr. Crow visits the wise Mr. Owl. They hatch a plan to make clay eggs for the snake to eat. When he does, he gets a tummy ache. That solves him from...more
As much as I enjoyed the story I don't know how parents...more
The background plot here includes the mother crow's eggs being eaten day after day by a snake, which is nature for you but may be a little upsetting for sensitive children. The relatio...more
Interesting story of comeuppance, which is a bit funny, a bit scary and all around good. Be sure to read the author's note about the origins of the Crows of Pearblossom.