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Stunt Crow is the story of one crow on one day. A literal bird's eye view of avian acrobatics. Nature in its clearest magical beauty, wild and fast moving. Scenes that would be familiar to the first humans, unchanged and ever present. This is a story for children and adults. For ...
Stunt Crow is the story of one crow on one day. A literal bird's eye view of avian acrobatics. Nature in its clearest magical beauty, wild and fast moving. Scenes that would be familiar to the first humans, unchanged and ever present. This is a story for children and adults. For anyone who looks up at the sky and especially for those who don't. This is a fresh look at nature, an alternative to talking rabbits, singing frogs, happy dogs and cats with hats, though we love all the above. Stunt Crow shows that sometimes nature doesn't need dressing up and that if we stand and stare, we can find wonder there.
Posted March 13, 2014
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Prose and poetry blend with the masterful touch of an illustrator’s pen in Stunt Crow, written by David Freedman and beautifully illustrated by Mike Kelly. Though this is a simple and poetic piece that flows like the wings of the bird that it is about, it is a profoundly beautiful work. As the crow breaks free from the tree where he sits and opens his wings to fly, he uses each current of the wind to work his magic. The heron can only watch and the crow plummets for a moment to aggravate the fox. He works his wings about in the air, twisting, turning, and diving with acrobatic precision until he flies a bit too close to the eagle’s nest on the cliff. The eagle shoots forth with all of its mighty power, but stunt crow does what he does best and maneuvers beyond the eagle’s reach. Is stunt crow skilled enough to escape the razor sharp talons?
The first element of this short and simple story that captures one's attention is the intricate detail and expert artistic talent of the illustrator Mike Kelly. Adding in a smooth-flowing combination of poetry and prose, David Freedman creates something of a verbal symphony. It is very easy to conjure a mental picture that blends perfectly with the illustrations. The reader will feel the lift of the wings and the smooth glide, as well as the frantic climb as the talons of the eagle linger behind. Creative, artistic, and lyrical, Stunt Crow stirs the imagination and will make you believe that you have actually taken flight.
This is a true classic in the making. So poetic and the illustrations are amazing! My five year old and my seven year old love this as much as I do. I can see it being a favourite in our house for years to come!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.