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Children's Fiction Counting & Numbers

Two Crows

by (author) Susan Vande Griek

illustrated by Emma FitzGerald

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Counting & Numbers, Birds, Stories in Verse
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


A stunning book in verse inspired by the famous Scottish Gaelic ballad, Twa Corbies, from the award-winning author of Loon and Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and the celebrated illustrator of EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street.

One corbie, twa corbies,
Two black crows
Perch in the gray
Of a November-tree day.

This melodious read-aloud reimagines the haunting Scottish Gaelic ballad Twa Corbies as a child-friendly counting book. Two Crows follows a country dweller and their dog on a cold November's day as they observe the wild, wooded landscape all around them. Young readers will delight in observing the crows' strange behaviour as they bitter and squawk, chatter and talk, while rabbling with a rabbit, squabbling with a squirrel, and howling at a hound. As readers watch the crows come and go, they will find themselves counting up to ten and back down again.

With stunning, spare verse from the award-winning author of Loon and Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and folk art – inspired artwork by Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award-nominated illustrator Emma FitzGerald (EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street; A Pocket of Time), Two Crows is a lilting tale to warm the heart on cold winter nights.

About the authors

Susan Vande Griek is the author of several children’s books. Her non-fiction picture book Loon, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. Susan has also written the acclaimed middle-grade novel A Gift for Ampato and a picture-book biography of Emily Carr, The Art Room, illustrated by Pascal Milelli, which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award.

She divides her time between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

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EMMA FITZGERALD was born in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. Her early travels have given her a large appetite for adventure. Combining her interest in people and places, Emma followed a career path that was part architecture, part art. She received her BFA in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia, spending her third year at Lâ??Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where she honed her drawing skills. She then completed her undergraduate and masterâ??s degrees in Architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She has worked in architecture offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, and across Canada.

While working in Gambia, Emma took students onto the streets of their own communities, using sketching as their primary learning tool. When she returned to Halifax, drawing became an act of connecting with the many stories and unofficial histories of the area, a custom during her travels, but never before in Halifax. This laid the groundwork for her new book.

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