Author(s): Sophie Blackall
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The Crows of Pearblossom tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow, who live in a cotton-wood tree at Pearblossom, California. Due to a hungry Rattlesnake living at the bottom of the tree, Mrs. Crow's eggs disappear before they hatch. After catching the snake eating her 297th egg that year (she does not work on Sundays), Mrs. Crow tells Mr. Crow go and kill the snake. Thinking better of it, Mr. Crow confers with his wise friend, Old Man Owl. Owl bakes mud into two stone eggs and paints them to resemble Mrs. Crows eggs. These dummy eggs are left in the nest to trick the Rattlesnake, who unwisely eats them the next day, causing the Rattlesnake such pain, that he thrashes about, tying himself in knots around the branches. Mrs. Crow goes on to hatch "four families of seventeen children each" and "uses the snake as a clothesline on which to hang the little crows' diapers."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) is a famous English novelist, essayist, and critic, perhaps best known for writing Brave New World. He wrote The Crows of Pearblossom in 1944. Sophie Blackall was born and grew up in Australia and now lives with her family in New York. She is a published author and an illustrator of many children's books, including Meet Wild Boars, the Ivy and Bean series, and Jumpy Jack & Googily. Visit her online at her official website www.sophieblackall.com and at her popular blog missedconnectionsny.blogspot.com.