Little John Crow
By: Ziggy Marley & Orly Marley - Akashic Books, $18.95
Description: After being abandoned by his animal friends, Little John Crow must come to terms with what it means to be part of a community when you are a vulture.
Verdict: In what is a colorful, oh0so joyful children’s book chock full of humor, teachable moments and memorable characters, Little John Crow ultimately reminds us of the importance of accepting our differences (both physical and cultural) and remembering that life offers a place and purpose for all of us.
As for who, or what Little John Crow actually is, well, LJC is actually a young vulture growing up in Bull Bay on the edge of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica.
Living there with his loving parents Sharil and Rusil Crow, Little John spends his days playing with his friends, a motley group that includes a snake, George; Missy, the French pigeon; Chiqueen, a chicken hawk; Hummy, the hummingbird; and the Three Little Birds.
But more than just a simple, one-tone, PBS Kids! so-called adventure, one morning while the group of friends are relaxing by a cool river, they start chatting about life, their parents’ jobs, and what they want to be when they grow up.
As this somewhat heavy conversation continues, deepening with every thought brought forth by the group, Little John Crow realizes he has no idea what his parents do for work!
So, much like all adventure books for the younger generation, LJC and his friends set out to solve this mystery, but what they discover shocks them all!
I will not reveal what his parents turn out to be, but it is safe to say that it is not one of the most loved jobs that an animal can have in their part of the world, nor is it one that sits well with his friends!
So now LJC must either adjust to this news or confront his parents, but suddenly a horrible tragedy befalls him and he quickly finds himself fleeing Bull Bay.
The remainder of the story not only allows the reader to understand LJC’s situation, but support him on his journey to personal redemption, for both himself and his family; and friends, of course.
About the Authors ZIGGY MARLEY is an eight-time GRAMMY Award winner, Emmy Award winner, author, philanthropist, and reggae icon. He has released thirteen albums to much critical acclaim, and is the author of the children’s books I Love You Too, My Dog Romeo, Music Is in Everything, and Little John Crow (with his wife, Orly Marley); as well as the Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook.
ORLY MARLEY is an Israeli-born entrepreneur and music manager. Starting her professional career as an assistant at the William Morris Agency, she quickly ascended to director of talent sponsorships, closing a number of worldwide endorsement and sponsorship deals for Enrique Iglesias, Black Eyed Peas, Salma Hayek, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, and many others.
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