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The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley
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Nov 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children, picture-book

I had a version of this book as a kid, the Weekly Reader Children's Book Club edition. The illustrations were by a different artist. I think the illustrations in this new version, which just came out, are delightful. I especially like Mrs. Crow's shopping list and the pink curlers in her hair.

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 gets his comeuppance. I don't like the way Mr. Crow speaks to his wife, telling her twice in the book to shut her beak, and I think if I were discovering this book for the first time, I would explore that with the child I was reading to. But I have fond memories of this book that my mother read to me in elementary school, and so I will cut Aldous Huxley a little slack.

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