Real-Life Crow Inspires Enchanting, Uplifting New Children’s Book
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”.
While children’s 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 inside the animal world; proof that courage, friendship and love are the qualities of any true maverick.
After his parents are killed, George the Orphan Crow, starts a new life among the lively creatures of Blossom Valley and the enchanting butterflies that live there. But all is not as it seems… an evil ladybird, envious of the butterflies’ beauty lures them to a remote place with a wicked plan in mind. George becomes suspicious and flies out looking for them. But is he too late? Has the wicked ladybird already put her plan into action? This original, intriguing story is mainly told by the colourful characters that make up the community and will fascinate readers of all ages. Helen explains:
“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. You can buy it on Amazon UK here.