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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This story reminded me of tales from my childhood where the animals were central characters living within communities. Doctors, dentists and a kind of council to govern the creatures and keep order. So settling in to read this story was a real treat for me and a journey down memory lane.
George the crow is such a brave little fellow when his father and mother are killed by humans but he is soon taken under the care of the creatures of Blossom Valley. This is a beautiful place where most of them live in harmony each having a place in a thriving society but there is a ladybird and her daughter that are envious of the beautiful butterflies. The story takes on a much darker side where everything that Blossom Valley represents is threatened.
The beautiful valley holds everything good while the parts of the woods where it was baron were to be feared. I loved the wonderful descriptions not only of the woods and valley but also of the creatures while they worked, each in roles that represented their best qualities, from speed to nursing and protecting the other inhabitants. It soon became a very visual read with a strong message throughout of working together and forgiveness.
The kindness that George showed others was given back ten fold by his friends in the valley. A lovely story about community spirit.
There is so much more to this story than I first thought as the last few chapters opened up . I don’t want to say how but it gave a new meaning to the story and what it all represented. A story that can be read again and again and treasured on any book shelf.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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.