Today I welcome my friend, Helen Fox to Tea Cakes and Whiskey. Helen lives in London and contacted me via email and asked if I’d review her book, George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley. She was generous to send a copy to my granddaughter who loved it! So if any of you are looking for a great book that teaches some wonderful lessons for a holiday gift, I recommend checking this one out on Amazon. Here’s the press release and information on how to get it.
George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley: Real-Life Crow Inspires Enchanting, Uplifting New Book for older Children Teenagers & Adults Helen Fox’s ‘George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley’ marks the dawn of a bold, powerful and unforgettable new children’s book – all inspired by a real-world crow the author got to “know” during her daily walks at her local park. But this is so much more than just a story, giving the animal world a voice and teaching children the importance of harmonizing with nature and preserving its beauty. One critic recently hailed the volume, “A beautifully written and original story of friendship and courage”.
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United Kingdom – While children’s and young adult literature is currently more popular than ever, many adults are becoming disenchanted with the genre’s propensity to succumb to gaudy humour, vampires and epic battles of good and evil. However, Helen Fox is stepping up to the plate with gusto, bucking all trends with a moral-rich new book that harks back to a traditional era of storytelling.
‘George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley’ is an adventurous and humanity-rich peek story inside the animal world; proof that courage, friendship and love are the qualities of any true maverick.
“I wanted to write something different,” explains Helen. “Something with a good deal of heart that would foster respect and keen interest among children for the natural world. That’s why this innocent little adventure, packs a powerful punch that will stay with readers young and old, for many long years.
Stories are living things and ‘George the Orphan Crow…’ is one of them. I used to see two adult crows and their young one, every single day in the same spot at my local park. But one day, only the young one was there, and my imagination began spinning as to where his parents had gone and how he’d cope alone in the world. Abandoned animals face the same predicament – and so this story was born.”
Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. For example, Gillian comments, “A beautifully written and original story of friendship and courage. Will be loved by older children, teenagers and adults who enjoy fantasy stories and nature. We’ve read this to our young daughter also and we all found it engaging and charming. Highly recommended. Would make an excellent Christmas gift too.”
Ken Scott adds, “Not normally one to read children’s books I decided to give it a go. What a pleasant surprise it was to find yourself immersed in a book along with the creatures of Blossom Valley. A fabulous read with drama and suspense right to the end of the book. Beautifully dreamed up characters and an author with a fantastic imagination. Highly recommended.”
‘George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley,’ is available from all major online retailers, as well as ordered in your local bookstore or library.
About the Author:
For thirty plus years, Helen Fox has lived close to a beautiful park in London, where she can often be found feeding the birds and squirrels. She loves all birds, but always finds herself drawn to crows in particular, for though they are the least loved of all birds, they are very intelligent and charismatic.
During her visits, she found that three crows would be at the same spot each time and before long, she discovered they favoured meaty foods over seeds, so she tried her best to oblige. When one would fly off the grass, the other two would follow suit so she gathered they must be a family; father, mother and perhaps their son?
One afternoon, the crows weren’t there and as she sat on the bench and waited, the smallest of the three appeared, landing on the grass, trotting anxiously around. A minute later, he took to the air cawing his little throat out. Was he calling his parents? Were his carks cries of fear and despair, had his parents abandoned him or even worse, been killed?
It was this very scene that inspired Helen to write ‘George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley.’ The story is mainly told by George the orphan crow, as well as other key characters in the community of Blossom Valley, but the enemies who threaten to ruin their harmonious life and take over their land are also given a voice.