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Blacky the Crow by Thornton W. Burgess
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This little book is about some things that happen to Blacky, a crow in Burgess's community of talking wildlife. There are some daily doings of Blacky as he moves about searching for food, pestering his neighbors, rousing up his flock to mob larger birds of prey, acting with great curiosity and caution when he finds new things, and other typical crow behavior.

There are three storylines. The first story tells how Blacky discovers that the owls have set up housekeeping very early in the spring, and he tries to find a way to steal the owls' eggs to eat. Then the timeline suddenly jumps to fall and we have a new story about Blacky getting involved with two different groups of ducks, warning them from the threat of hunters in the fall. The final story is again about eggs. Blacky spies two eggs in a hen's nest just inside the door of the henhouse and is tempted to steal them. I did like these stories. They are a bit repititious and stuffed with moral lessons as usual for Burgess, but I don't mind.

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Children will love this wonderful tale of a crow who spies two fresh eggs in a nest belonging to Hooty the Owl and Mrs. Hooty. Does Blacky snatch those delicious eggs? Filled with humor and important lessons about nature and wildlife. Reset in large, easy-to-read type. Four original illustrations by Harrison Cady.

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Blacky the clever crow shares adventures with other animals in the Green Meadows and by the Big River, as he considers stealing eggs from Hooty the owl, helps Farmer Brown's boy protect Dusty the wood duck, and engages in other escapades.

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