The Crow Who Stood on His Beak

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Once upon a time there was a little crow who was not content just to sit in his nest all day like the other little crows. One day he taught himself to stand on his beak--much to the contempt of the older crows. The little crow's ability to stand on his beak came in handy, however, when he met the king of bird's, the beautiful but arrogant peacock. Full color.

An adventurous little crow goes in search of the magnificent peacock, and, upon meeting him, manages to ...

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Overview

Once upon a time there was a little crow who was not content just to sit in his nest all day like the other little crows. One day he taught himself to stand on his beak--much to the contempt of the older crows. The little crow's ability to stand on his beak came in handy, however, when he met the king of bird's, the beautiful but arrogant peacock. Full color.

An adventurous little crow goes in search of the magnificent peacock, and, upon meeting him, manages to humble the peacock and endear himself to the other birds.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schami, author of the Batchelder-winning novel A Hand Full of Stars, turns out a wordy, rambling tale about a young crow who delights in balancing himself upon his beak. The apparent point here is the value of individuality, but to get to that message, the reader must do battle with a tangle of digressive story elements. Among these are a quest to find a proud peacock, encounters with a hissing snake and a flock of squabbling doves, then a set-to with said peacock. On the other hand, the fanciful watercolor art, by a pair of European newcomers, merits a look from picture-book aficionados. Panel and full-bleed illustrations convey a nimble humor that, unlike the text, communicates directly with the audience. Ages 5-8. (May)
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K-Gr 3A little crow who is slow in learning to fly entertains himself by standing on his beak, to the delight of his peers. His sense of adventure leads him to an encounter with a proud peacock, as well as with a flock of vain doves. The peacock, angry because the little crow tires of admiring him, follows him into a bramble bush and loses his tail feathers. The doves, likewise, fight over who is the prettiest and lose their feathers in battle. The little crow finally wins the respect of the older birds who had scorned him for daring to be different. Cartoonlike watercolors illustrate this long, moralistic tale about vanity. There are far better picture books available that deal with pride and independence.Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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A celebration of one who dares to be different, with some discordant notes along the way. A young crow lives with his mother among all the other crows. His mother, whose mate was killed by an eagle, must find food by herself and has to leave the little crow home alone. The other, presumably two-parent, crow families think he is a bad influence on their babies when he wanders through the branches on his own. Worse, he stands on his beak when he's bored. One day, a grandmother entertains the youngsters with a tale about a peacock. The young crow is so intrigued that he sets off to find the bird. He learns that the peacock's feathers are impressive, but so is his own ability to stand on his beak. When the peacock loses its tail feathers, the book ends with a moral about pride. Energetic illustrations feature an ebulliently resourceful hero, but the many messages are confusing: This is, all at once, a story about the struggles of a single parent, the sin of pride, and a reminder to be true to one's self.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558585287
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Rafik Schami was born in the Syrian capital Damascus in 1946, where hefounded a newspaper Al-Muntalek displayed on the walls of the old city.In 1971 he emigrated to Germany, where he worked in factories and restaurantswhile studying chemistry and writing for newspapers and journals.Eight years later he graduated with a Ph.D. and then in 1980 founded theliterary group 'Sudwind' (South wind) and a multi-cultural organizationcalled 'PoLiKunst-Verein'. He received several literary prizes including theHermann-Hesse-Preis and the Prix de Lecture. His latest novel Die dunkleSeite der Liebe (The Dark Side of Love) was published by Hanser in 2004.Rafik Schami has written this book with the culinary help of his sister MarieFadel.

Anthea Bell (translator) is the recipient of the Schlegel Tieck Prize for translation from German, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize in 2002 for the translation of W. G. Sebald's "Austerlitz", and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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