Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
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.
"Little John Crow is full of energy and color."
"A new children’s book by [Ziggy Marley] and his wife, Orly, aims to educate youth on the threats the birds face and the vital ecological role they play."
Little John Crow is a young vulture growing up in Bull Bay on the edge of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica, where he lives with his loving parents Sharil and Rusil Crow. He 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.
One morning while the group of friends is relaxing by a cool river, they start chatting about life, their parents' jobs, and what they want to be when they grow up. As the conversation continues, Little John Crow realizes he has no idea what his parents do for work.
Little John Crow and his friends set out to solve this mystery, but what they discover shocks them—Little John Crow and his vulture parents are scary scavengers! Most of his friends are disgusted when they learn this, and before Little John Crow can even adjust to this news, a terrible tragedy strikes. Feeling lonely and isolated from his friends, the young vulture flees Bull Bay.
After traveling for days, a tired and hungry Little John Crow is fortunate to be found by a group of vultures. With their support and encouragement, the young vulture learns to embrace his future, and after months away, he returns to Bull Bay just in the nick of time to save his home from ruin.
Filled with humor and memorable characters, Little John Crow reminds us of the importance of accepting our differences and remembering that life offers a place and purpose for all of us.
About the authors
Gordon Rowe is a Toronto-born illustrator and designer. Inspired by the cartoons and movies of his childhood, he spent his early years making comics and drawings for friends. Since then he has broadened his artistic range to digital painting, acrylic painting, gouache painting, and portraiture. These days he illustrates and art directs for album artwork and editorials, and has worked with several high-profile clients in the music industry.
"The new book by reggae legend Ziggy Marley and his wife Orly is a heartwarming tale of a young vulture in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains learning to embrace his future."
"In what is a colorful, oh-so 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."
Praise for I Love You Too, a children's book by Ziggy Marley:
"A sweetly affectionate ode to togetherness and love."
"Sure to be a hit at bedtime, the lyrical story conveys the sweet, soothing, and affirming message."
—School Library Journal
"Lyrics inspired by an exchange with Marley's 3-year-old daughter are set to bright paintings of a multicultural cast of children and adults enjoying each other's company indoors and out . . . The art will draw and hold young children's attention."
"The emphasis of this book is that love has no boundaries."
—New York Journal of Books
"This looks to be on our home charts for weeks, months, maybe even years."
"An inspiring storybook edition of the lyrics of famous reggae performer Ziggy Marley . . . song lyrics are surrounded and set in warm, vivid illustrations of children of many hues, laughing and playing with loving parents and grandparents in a healthy, light, balanced natural world."
—Midwest Book Review
"Orly Marley, 42, adores the tale husband Ziggy wrote for daughter Judah, 9."
—Us Weekly, "Objects of Affection" mention
"The illustrations are simply stunning . . . But even more than the gorgeous illustrations is the wonderful message that this book conveys—that families and friends will always love each other."
—The Mama Games