Today it’s something a little different as Mandie shares her thoughts on George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley by Helen Fox. Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book for review. Before we see what Mandie thought, here is what the book is all about:
About the Book
After his parents are killed, George, the Orphan Crow, starts a new life among the lively creatures of Blossom Valley and the enchanting butterflies that live there. But all is not as it seems… an evil ladybird, envious of the butterflies’ beauty lures them to a remote place with a wicked plan in mind. George becomes suspicious and flies out looking for them. But is he too late? Has the wicked ladybird already put her plan into action? This original, intriguing story is mainly told by the colourful characters that make up the community and will fascinate readers of all ages.Available from: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones | Google Play | Apple Books
Every now and again I like to go really off my normal reading pattern and delve into what is out and about to encourage kids to get into the joys of reading. George the Orphan crow is a fantastic book that will capture their imaginations as they learn all about the animals and insects that inhabit Blossom Valley.
The book does start with a scene that is very reminiscent of Bambi with the death of George’s parents who are killed by hunters out on a pheasant shoot. Slightly lost and confused he is taken pity on by Plato the owl who tells him of Blossom Valley and how welcome he would be there. There are a couple of other slightly darker moments in the book but nothing that would scare the reader and are quite in keeping with the story.
George is a little bit of a hero in the book and can often be found helping out in bad situations and it is not long before he is really embedded in the community. The author has created a world where all the creatures have a hand in smooth running of the valley where everyone is valued. Through these creatures you can see that no matter how small the creature may be it is their diversity that really makes the place work. You also get a really charming little twist to the tale that wouldn’t go amiss in the best of fairy stories.
This book is a little gem. It has enough pace to hold a child’s interest and has a little of everything they will love. While it does have a message behind it that will be really evident to adults, due to the fact the story is about animals it has quite a gentle feel about it. Hopefully this is not the last we will see of the inhabitants of Blossom Valley as it would be nice to see what happens next.
About the Author
I love Nature and all creatures great and small. I live close to a beautiful Park in North London, where I can often be found feeding the squirrels and birds. I love all birds but I am drawn to crows in particular, for though they are the least loved of all birds, they are very intelligent and charismatic.
During my daily walks at the Park, I found that three crows would be at the same spot each time I went to feed them and before long I discovered they favoured meaty foods to seeds, so I tried my best to oblige. I noticed that when one would fly off the grass the other two would follow suit, so I gathered they must be a family; father, mother and perhaps their son?
One afternoon, my crows weren’t there and as I sat at the bench and waited, the younger one landed on the grass walking anxiously around. Seconds later, he took to the air circling low over the trees and cawing his little heart out. Was he calling his parents? Were his carks cries of fear and despair, had his parents abandoned him or even worse been killed?
It was this scene that inspired me to write ‘ George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley,’ a traditional storytelling that has been loved by many readers.
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