Marilyn Singer, author of more than 70 books for children
and young adults was recently awarded the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book 2005 for her book the Creature Carnival.
The Company of Crows: A Book of Poems contains
24 rhymed and free verse poetry all about crows. Each poem is featured on a double paged spread with full bleed pastel illustrations
by artist Linda Saport (Subira Subira by Tololwa M. Mollel and All the Pretty Little Horses: A Lullaby.)
According to John Peters of Booklist, “Saport’s pictures here are reminiscent of Denise Fleming’s art. Her layered pastels create brightly
colored, eye-filling outdoor scenes, with slightly indistinct but easily recognizable figures.”
The text is featured in 18.5 point Papyrus and varies
between white and black letters depending on the shading of the background. As Papyrus is a thin delicate font, a beginning
reader may find it challenging to make out the text on the vivid illustrations.
An introductory poem sets the stage for the various
voices to speak of crows throughout the book.
Beak or mind,
Heart or wings,
Crow watchers all
see different things.
Nest or sky,
Flock or few,
Watching crows have
their own point of view.
Highlighted in each illustration is the person who
is the narrator of that particular poem. For example, The Dog, The Boy, The Movie Critic, The Birdwatcher and
The Poet each has a distinct voice with its own viewpoint of the crows.
The Farmer bargains with them, the dog doesn't like
them, the painter admires their deep rich color and the movie critic finds them symbolic of evil and bad luck. My favorite
character is the pig who finds the crows useful to scratch his itchy back.
when it comes to emplOYING
one’s better than
back-scratching bug snatching
visit I’m enjOYING
Recommended for grades
2-4 for independent reading, younger children will enjoy these poems read to them.