Welcome back and Stamp Sunday

crow3 It's been awhile since we posted. Sorry! We haven't given up our love for crows, life just gets busy. We are back now and look forward to posting more regularly. We saw this beautiful crow by the waterfront. I wonder what he was thinking about...such intelligent birds. As it is a Sunday, we will throw in a corvid stamp -- and start a new tradition -- Stamp Sunday! Hope you enjoy!
Raven Stamp from Russia
Raven Stamp from Russia

Johnny Crow’s Party

March is National Real Aloud month and so, I will do just that---read aloud. I will read aloud and record a story for you. It is public domain provided by Project Gutenberg. As you may have noticed by the title, it is crow related. =) And so, grab a cup of tea, sit back and turn the volume up and listen to a story. I will include the pictures as well! =) I hope you enjoy it.

Johnny Crow's Party read by Me

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JOHNNY CROW'S PARTY

ANOTHER PICTURE BOOK

DRAWN BY

L. LESLIE BROOKE

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First Edition, 1907

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JOHNNY CROW'S PARTY


 
Johnny Crow Plied Rake and Hoe
Johnny Crow
Plied Rake and Hoe
 
And improved his little Garden.
And improved his little Garden.
 
And the Eagle
And the Eagle
 
Looked quite regal
Looked quite regal
 
In Johnny Crow's Garden
In Johnny Crow's Garden
 
And the Cockatoo Said "Comment vous portez vous?"
And the Cockatoo
Said "Comment vous portez vous?"
 
And the Gander
And the Gander
 
Didn't understand her;
Didn't understand her;
 
But the Flamingo Talked the same lingo
But the Flamingo
Talked the same lingo
 
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
 
And the Bear
And the Bear
 
Sang a sentimental Air,
Sang a sentimental Air,
 
But the Giraffe Was inclined to laugh;
But the Giraffe
Was inclined to laugh;
 
Even the Duckling Couldn't help chuckling In Johnny Crow's Garden.
Even the Duckling
Couldn't help chuckling
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
 
Then the Snake
Then the Snake
 
Got entangled with the rake
Got entangled with the rake
 
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
 
And the Cock
And the Cock
 
Had a very nasty knock;
Had a very nasty knock;
 
So the Hen Said:
So the Hen
Said:
 
"We'll never come again
"We'll never come again
 
To Johnny Crow's Garden!"
To Johnny Crow's Garden!"
 
And the Sheep
And the Sheep
 
Went to sleep,
Went to sleep,
 
And the Armadillo
And the Armadillo
 
Used him for a pillow;
Used him for a pillow;
 
And the Porcupine
And the Porcupine
 
Said: "Wake me if for talk you pine!"
Said: "Wake me if for talk you pine!"
 
In Johnny Crow's
In Johnny Crow's
 
Garden.
Garden.
 
And the Kangaroo
And the Kangaroo
 
Tried to paint the Roses blue
Tried to paint the Roses blue
 
Till the Camel Swallowed the Enamel.
Till the Camel
Swallowed the Enamel.
 
  And the Reindeer Said: "I'm sorry for your pain, dear!"

And the Reindeer
Said: "I'm sorry for your pain, dear!"
 
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
 
So the Chimpanzee Put the Kettle on for Tea;
So the Chimpanzee
Put the Kettle on for Tea;
 
And the Seal
And the Seal
 
Made a very big Meal;
Made a very big Meal;
 
While the Sole Shared a Muffin with the Mole In Johnny Crow's Garden.
While the Sole
Shared a Muffin with the Mole
In Johnny Crow's Garden.
 
  Then they picked the Flowers, and wandered in the Maze, And before they went their several ways

Then they picked the Flowers, and
wandered in the Maze,
And before they went their several ways
 
They all joined together In a Hearty Vote of Praise
They all joined together
In a Hearty Vote of Praise
 
Of Johnny Crow and his Garden.
Of Johnny Crow and his Garden.
 

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OTHER BOOKS WITH

DRAWINGS BY LESLIE BROOKE.

JOHNNY CROW'S GARDEN

JOHNNY CROW'S NEW GARDEN

THE GOLDEN GOOSE BOOK (The Golden Goose Tom Thumb The 3 Bears The 3 Little Pigs)

RING O' ROSES A collection of Old Nursery Rhymes

THE HOUSE IN THE WOOD and Other Old Fairy Stories

A ROUNDABOUT TURN By ROBERT H. CHARLES

THE NURSERY RHYME BOOK Edited by ANDREW LANG

THE TAILOR AND THE CROW

 

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Disclaimer: This eBook (Johnny Crow's Party) is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net. The audio recording is mine---please do note where you got it (Corvid Corner), if you do redistribute it. Thanks. =)

St. Kevin and Crows

Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins

After learning all about Saint Benedict of Nursia and his affiliation with crows, I did some research on other saints and crows. I found St. Kevin, the Patron Saint of Crows! How cool is that? Who knew? Well, apparently some people. He was born in 498 and reportedly died 120 years later in 618. He is also the Patron Saint of Ireland, Dublin, Glendalough and crows to be exact. Saint Kevin of Glendalough. He is often depicted with crows and is said to have preferred the company of animals to humans. So strong was his preference for animals, songs with his story tell of him drowning a woman who tried to seduce him. Yet, he was said to have infinite patience and kindness?1 Even deemed the "gentle one". Legend says he once allowed a crow to lay an egg in his palm and he held it safely until the egg hatched and the little bird flew away. It would seem those who thought him gentle were much more impressed by his skills with animals than his people skills.

Seamus Heaney wrote the following about St. Kevin,2
"And then there was St Kevin and the blackbird. The saint is kneeling, arms stretched out, inside His cell, but the cell is narrow, so One turned-up palm is out the window, stiff As a crossbeam, when a blackbird lands and Lays in it and settles down to nest."
Art by LINDA JAQUES
  Sources: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/lasi/lasi03.htm http://patriarts.com/Kevin/Kevin%20manuscript1.htm http://asinnersguidetothesaints.blogspot.com/2010/06/st-kevin-of-glendalough-498-to-june-3.html http://patriarts.com/Kevin/Kevin.htm http://saintspreserved.com/Kevin/St_Kevin.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_of_Glendalough http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-kevin-of-glendalough/
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_of_Glendalough []
  2. http://asinnersguidetothesaints.blogspot.com/2010/06/st-kevin-of-glendalough-498-to-june-3.html []

Our Land Is The Sky: The Adventures of Jimmy Fastwing

I love my crows. And I love books. And I really love books about crows.

I recently read a charming story of Jimmy Fastwing, a young crow, in the journey of his first year of life. This book walks you through the life of a young, clever crow named Jimmy Fastwing. Life isn't easy being a crow. It is easy for us to forget how very few crow actually survive through their first year. Less than half of the crows hatched will survive each year. The odds are not in their favor. Add in the constant danger from dogs, cats and humans who despite crows, and the first year of a crow's life is as action packed as any blockbuster movie. Our Land is the Sky: The Adventures of Jimmy Fastwing by Frank J. Croskerry gives us a peek into the day to day life and struggles of one little brave crow. From the publisher, a more articulate description of this lovely little book,

Spring has been a violent affair this year, and many new crows have not survived the high winds and rainstorms. For the few who have, there are still the very dangerous exercises of learning what birds need to know to exist with the rest of the clan. While flying comes naturally to them, there is much more they need to know if they are to stay out of harm's reach. Young crow Jimmy Fastwing has his grandfather to teach him the basic things a young crow needs to know. If he can manage the first stages of take-offs and landings, there will be other family members to assist him in his learning. He'll have to know about things like finding food, hiding it, and socializing with the clan. Join Jimmy in his first year of life as he grows, learns, and avoids one calamity after another. If he's lucky, he'll learn quickly enough to become an important member of the clan.
One of my favorite quirky parts of this story is that Frank Croskerry adds in little cute crow puns like "crow-sing" for cruising, "crow-d", and cawcaphony... I have a penchant for such puns. I used them here on CorvidCorner myself with "crow-tations" and so each time I read one of his clever little puns I smiled and chuckled to myself. Fun! I recommend this book for all who love crows, birds or just a good fictional story of the natural world. Our Land is the Sky: The Adventures of Jimmy Fastwing is a juvenile fiction book, 88 pages. I read it in an hour or so. I even read it aloud for a friend. I think it is a great story to read to your children, to your friends, to anyone interested in learning more about crows and their social nature and their struggle to survive the first year of life. Thank you Frank J. Croskerry for this charming read. It now has a permanent place in my ever-growing library of crow-related books.

Making a Spectacle by Chris Pilkington

I came across a fantastic limited edition graphic novel about a crow named Jim. It is geared towards children and has a moral story to it. It looks lovely! Anyone know how I can get my hands on a copy?
All rights reserved. Photograph sole property of Chris Pilkington (http://cargocollective.com/chrispilkington/Crow-Book)

All rights reserved. Photograph sole property of Chris Pilkington (http://cargocollective.com/chrispilkington/Crow-Book)

All rights reserved. Photograph sole property of Chris Pilkington (http://cargocollective.com/chrispilkington/Crow-Book)

All rights reserved. Photograph sole property of Chris Pilkington (http://cargocollective.com/chrispilkington/Crow-Book)

All rights reserved. Photograph sole property of Chris Pilkington (http://cargocollective.com/chrispilkington/Crow-Book)

All rights reserved. Photograph sole property of Chris Pilkington (http://cargocollective.com/chrispilkington/Crow-Book)

Black Storm by Larry Toogood

A fantastic short animated film all about the dynamics between crows and humans. I won't try to articulate a description, I'll just copy and paste the original from the maker.

What is Black Storm?

Black Storm is an animated short film set in Malaysia, about a man and a crow who must learn to trust each other and unite their tribes. This amazing short film brings together what a lot of us already know, that crows are extremely intelligent birds. They have extraordinary memories. They have good tool-making skills, can read numbers, judge threat levels and communicate in more than 20 different caw sounds. If you have ever wondered about the cunning thinking of a crow then you are sure to enjoy the story of “Black Storm” – the Island of Katuki is threatened with deforestation and if the crows and humans can’t settle their differences they are doomed to die apart. DESCRIPTION of the plot... Driven from their homes, if they can't learn to live together, they're doomed to die apart... The fable takes place on the majestic tropical island of Katuki. But when the food runs out, this island sanctuary becomes a battleground. In this place, the only currency is whatever will keep you from going hungry, and the only allies you can afford are your own people. Jungle Crow Leader Storm was born into power, and acts like it. He's a talented mimic, skilled with locks, brave beyond all reason, and has been crossed by only one group: the humans. They stole his flock's historical home and left them homeless for weeks. Now he intends to get his fair share of that land by any means. However, Storm may yet need their help in ways he never expected... Village Leader Abraham is the wise grandfather of Katuki. He's watched his village be forced from their ancestral lands, and now looks on as his people barely scrape by. Plagued by constant attacks on their crops by the savage crows, he knows his advisers are right when they tell him that guns are the only solution. But in the back of his mind, Abraham wonders if there could ever be another way... “It’s an animated short film that explores tolerance and mutual understanding, underpinned by an ecological concern. With a hint of Avatar about it, this story of a man and a crow is a complex narrative that turns and develops nicely. The team is very experienced. The storyboards are truly excellent; this would make an excellent family animation.“ New Zealand Film Commission  

UPDATE: This short animated film has been launched on Kickstarter.com. You can watch it here.

Crows — An Australian Export?

Krahe Crow in Boots by Rudi Hurzlmeier
Krahe Crow in Boots by Rudi Hurzlmeier

I read an intriguing article about crows (and corvidae in general) and how they originated in an Australian part of Gondwana12, something I did not know. How very interesting! I learn something new every day! This article is worth reading but I won't re-post it here, I will link it instead. Just visit here to read the original article by Stephen Debus. Did you also know that Crows were most likely in the United States long before people?3 So, think of that next time you feel they are being pests and invading your land. Perhaps, the more likely story is you are invading theirs. It is a good idea to share and share alike with crows and humans alike. How much corn can they really eat? Plants a few extra stalk for them.
  1. In paleogeography, Gondwana (play /ɡɒndˈwɑːnə/), originally Gondwanaland, was the southernmost of two supercontinents (the other being Laurasia) that later became parts of the Pangaea supercontinent. It existed from approximately 510 to 180 million years ago (Mya). []
  2. Wikipedia []
  3. In the Company of Crows And Ravens By John M. Marzluff, Tony Angell, Paul R. Ehrlich []