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The Crow and the EarthQuake: A Tale From the Oak Woodlands of California


ISBN 978-0-9857932-3-4
Hard cover, 38 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches
Ages 5 to 8

"Charming animals, indigenous to California, offer misguided opinions as to what causes earthquakes. An excellent book for introducing an Earth Science unit on earthquakes and earthquake preparedness, or simply to enjoy with your child."  —Patricia L. Weber, California Credentialed Teacher

"The Crow and the Earthquake addresses a natural phenomena rarely discussed in children’s literature. The setting is Mount Diablo; the cast of characters the wild creatures inhabiting its slopes. A sudden shaking of the ground is greeted with trepidation and curiosity by the animals. Each comes forth with a speculative explanation for what they’ve experienced. The theories are as wild as they are varied. Finally, the authors reveal the true cause of the earthquake through the wise Condor. This book is as informative as it is entertaining." —Peter White, author of The Farallon Islands, Sentinels of The Golden Gate

"A delightful California story using native animals and plants. The Crow and the Earthquake gives a wealth of information through its charming illustrations that capture the beauty of nature and pull the reader more deeply into the story. "  —Carol Held, artist and former teacher

The Crow and the Feather: A Tale From the Oak Woodlands of California

By Merci Martin and Wanda Bishop
ISBN 978-0-9857932-2-7
44 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches
Ages 4 to 10
Soft Cover
Includes Notes to Parents and Educators 

The Crow and the Feather introduces children to the animals of the Oak Woodlands: the common crow, western gray squirrel, coyote, screech owl, and California condor. These West Coast animals are rarely depicted in children’s books, so this book is a milestone. Using developmentally appropriate teaching strategies, the authors infuse vital ecological concepts with humor to make the story entertaining as well as informative.

The Crow and the Feather brings us a wonderful cast of characters who inhabit California’s Oak Woodland. Collaboratively written by two experienced early childhood educators, the story infuses the use of pattern language, humor, and scientific facts to entertain and inform. If you work in a nature center or a natural history museum, this book is for you. If you teach young children, this book is for you. If you are a parent looking for engaging ways to cultivate ecological literacy within your child, this book is for you!” —Carolie Sly, Ph.D., Center for Ecoliteracy, Berkeley, CA