Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Huxley & Backall

The Crows of Pearblossom written by Aldous Huxley, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

This is the only children’s story ever written by Huxley (author of Brave New World). The story is one of two crows, who live in a tree at Pearblossom. Below them, in a hole at the bottom of the tree, lives a Rattlesnake. Every morning Mrs. Crow lays an egg and goes grocery shopping and every day, when she returns, her egg is gone. That is, until one day when Mrs. Crow returns and finds the rattlesnake eating her egg! Something simply must be done, and so Mr. Crow seeks Old Man Owl’s advice, and together they hatch a plan. I adore Sophia Blackall’s illustrations. Her hints of red, green , and aqua bring vibrancy to the browns and grays of nature.

An intriguing illustrated book for children and adults.

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