Crow Not Crow
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New York Times bestselling children's author and beloved birder, Jane Yolen, and her son, Adam Stemple, have teamed up to write this gentle tale of a father introducing his daughter to the joys of bird-watching using the "Crow, not Crow" method for distinguishing birds. Elizabeth Dulemba's delightfully warm illustrations bring the story to life.
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About the Author
Jane Yolen has authored more than 365 books, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, loved by children and bird watchers of all ages, You Nest Here With Me, a popular new favorite, and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs...?. Jane Yolen's books have been translated into over 20 languages and are popular around the world. Her husband, David Stemple, was both a well known bird recordist and a professor of computer science who taught his entire family how to identify birds. Many of Jane's books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind. Jane lives in Hatfield, MA.
Adam Stemple is an award-winning writer of novels, short stories, graphic novels, and children's books. He is also an avid birdwatcher and the inventor of the "Crow Not Crow" method of teaching beginning birders.
Elizabeth Dulemba has always loved birds. As a kid, she used to run across back yards, flapping her arms, trying to fly (she swore she did). She later became a hang-glider pilot and flew off the top of Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. When not chasing birds, Elizabeth loves to draw, write, and teach. She has over two dozen titles to her credit, including her debut, award-winning novel, A Bird on Water Street - more birds. In the summers, she teaches in the MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating program at Hollins University in Virginia. She spends the rest of her time in Scotland, where she achieved an MFA in Illustration at the University of Edinburgh and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Glasgow. Learn more and sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.dulemba.com.
"...a great way to introduce the concepts of birding." -- MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOKCLUB
"Jane Yolen is one of the best picture book authors alive, so I was particularly pleased that this book did not disappoint me. Like most of her books, it is quiet and has a powerful force behind it. It lends itself to a 'crow not crow' type of game with children that would be quite fun. I will be purchasing this book as a gift for several friends. It's beautifully done." -- UNLEASHING READERS
"I loved Crow Not Crow as a mother, as a birding novice and as a teacher. This is the perfect book to use for a STEM science lesson for the classroom or even as an interactive library lesson for small group discussions. Once you finish the story, the last 5 pages are filled with bird facts and QR codes!" -- I'D SO RATHER BE READING.COM"A father and daughter go out birding. At first she feels intimidated: Her brothers all go birding with their father, and they can easily tell birds apart. To the girl, however, they all look similar: 'wings, beak, and legs.' Supplied with a pair of binoculars, she starts to find it easier to notice their characteristics. First to be spotted is the crow, 'as black as a night without any moon or stars.' Once she has identified and "owned" the crow, she can see a red-winged blackbird and know that it is not a crow. She becomes more attuned to the shape, size, and markings of different birds by this method of 'Crow Not Crow.' Descriptions and photos of all the birds illustrated are included in two spreads at the end, with QR codes for listening to their songs. A solid choice for introducing the hobby to younger readers." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS