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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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.

Crow Call by Lois Lowry

It has been too long since I’ve updated but never fear! I have still been watching crows, reading about them and studying them. I recently spotted a book by Lois Lowry about crows and thought I’d pick it up. It was very sweet indeed. It is for younger children but I read it to my friend and my boyfriend while they cooked dinner and we all enjoyed it. =) It is a story of a little girl connecting with her father and with the crows… I won’t give away too much, go to the library, check it out… read it… or get your own copy.

Crow Call by Lois Lowry
Click the picture to see the full description of the book at BN.com