Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World

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Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World

by Candace Savage

Greystone Books | March 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Who knew that crows are second only to humans as toolmakers and tool users, that they have complex family lives not unlike our own, and that their vocalizations resemble human languages? This witty, charming book introduces readers to these endlessly fascinating creatures. Author Candace Savage explores their evolution and basic biology, diet and food-gathering practices, incredible tool-using capabilities, crow "languages," tricky social interactions, and their impact on the human imagination as reflected in mythology, literature, and popular aphorisms. Based on extensive research, the book is a lively, loving tribute to these special feathered friends.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 120 pages, 8.5 × 6.55 × 0.43 in

Published: March 1, 2007

Publisher: Greystone Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365286X

ISBN - 13: 9781553652861

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crow figure . . . This is an elegant, entertaining, and informative look at some of the more familiar birds of the genus Corvus (‘corvids’ or, commonly, ‘crows’). A relatively short book (about 100 pages), it introduces various themes evoked by the observation and study of—and human interaction with—crows and their relatives through the ages, right up to present-day encounters and scientific research. The book is so beautifully rendered, with uncluttered pages of lyrical, accessible prose recounting both fact and fable, interspersed with photographs, paintings, drawings, that it seems almost unbelievable that all it contains could fit so spaciously and simply in such a small and lovely physical volume. Crows’ and ravens’ impact on human emotions, and how our fascination with these « wise guys » has led us to learn ever more about their minds and social lives (which turns up unexpected commonalities and kinship between our two species)—these are the foci that give the book its impetus and readability. A pleasure to both hold and behold; a wonderful gift for anyone who appreciates the interconnectedness of all living things.
Date published: 2011-01-10

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Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World

by Candace Savage

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 120 pages, 8.5 × 6.55 × 0.43 in

Published: March 1, 2007

Publisher: Greystone Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365286X

ISBN - 13: 9781553652861

About the Book

Who knew that crows are second only to humans as toolmakers and tool users, that they have complex family lives not unlike our own, and that their vocalizations resemble human languages? This witty, charming book introduces readers to these endlessly fascinating creatures. Author Candace Savage explores their evolution and basic biology, diet and food-gathering practices, incredible tool-using capabilities, crow “ languages, ” tricky social interactions, and their impact on the human imagination as reflected in mythology, literature, and popular aphorisms. Based on extensive research, the book is a lively, loving tribute to these special feathered friends.

From the Publisher

Who knew that crows are second only to humans as toolmakers and tool users, that they have complex family lives not unlike our own, and that their vocalizations resemble human languages? This witty, charming book introduces readers to these endlessly fascinating creatures. Author Candace Savage explores their evolution and basic biology, diet and food-gathering practices, incredible tool-using capabilities, crow "languages," tricky social interactions, and their impact on the human imagination as reflected in mythology, literature, and popular aphorisms. Based on extensive research, the book is a lively, loving tribute to these special feathered friends.

About the Author

Candace Savage is the author of more than twenty books, including thirteen on natural history and natural science. She is currently the wildlife columnist for Canadian Geographic. Her work has been honored by the American and Canadian library associations and the Canadian Science Writers’ Association, among others. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Editorial Reviews

“There’s a startling intimacy to this literary encounter, from which most readers are likely to emerge well educated, informed, and curiously changed.”—Quill & Quire
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