The Company of Crows: A Book of Poems (Hardcover)

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By Marilyn Singer, Linda Saport (Illustrator)
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You’d think I learned color from the cardinal or the goldfinch, But no— I learned it from the crow.

As a group of crows travels through a small town, everyone has something to say about them—from the painter whom they inspire, to the pig who enjoys their company, to the birdwatcher who wonders what the crows think of people. Here are 23 poems, in the voices of humans, animals, crows, and other birds, that offer a unique perspective on the American crow, a bird commonly thought of as a symbol of bad luck. Whimsical, varied, and easily accessible, Marilyn Singer’s well-crafted poetry reveals surprising truths about crows, such as their fondness for games like “Pull the Clothespin” and their devotion to family and flock. Linda Saport’s breathtaking pastel illustrations are a visual treat, celebrating the natural world and our relationship to it. Author’s note.

About the Author

Marilyn Singer is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including the Tallulah books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut. Visit her online at

Linda Saport has illustrated many distinctive picture books, amoung them Subira Subira by Tololwa M. Mollel and All the Pretty Little Horses: A Lullaby. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Praise For…

"Children will enjoy the illustrations and language and take pleasure in the thoughts posed in these selections. " School Library Journal

"Singer’s language is lithe and lively. This is an elegant and evocative collection that’s eminently suitable for an outside reading." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Brightly colored, eye-filling outdoor scenes. Singer convincingly demonstrates that crows are well worth the time spent observing them. . .engaging." Booklist, ALA
Product Details
ISBN: 9780618083404
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2002
Pages: 48

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