Crow and the Earthquake children's book

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

"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 temblor. This book is as informative as it is entertaining." —Peter White, author of The Farallon Islands, Sentinels of The Golden Gate

"Charming animals, indigenous to California, offer humorous 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

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

Merci Martin is a writer and former teacher who developed a transitional kindergarten in a cooperative preschool. She is a keen observer, lover, and protector of our natural world. She lives in Martinez, California.

Wanda Bishop is an early childhood educator and has worked as a teacher, director, and adjunct instructor for various schools. As a museum program director she designed natural history classes for all ages. She lives in Walnut Creek, California.

Illustrator Jessica Scoles is an artist who specializes in murals for nurseries and children’s rooms. She lives in Antioch, California.

Invite the Authors to Read to Your Class!

Dear Mrs Martin,

I want to thank you for reading and discussing The Crow and the Earthquake to my fourth grade class. We enjoyed it very much! The students were engrossed to hear the animals' perspectives and predictions as to why the ground shook and were inspired to share their own knowledge of animal facts. They also appreciated the details in the illustrations, especially the 'hint' of something coming in future pages.

As a teacher, I felt the book was thoughtful and appropriate for many different grade levels. The vocabulary isn't immature, as is the case in many children's books. I appreciate the dialogue, details, and potential to further explore: animal behavior, plate techtonics, the biome of the lowlands, the history of California earthquakes, and more. I am always looking for opportunities to use Bloom's Taxonomy with the students. Your book encourages higher level thinkers to think outside the box and all students the chance to explore beyond the obvious.

Stephanie Kent and the 4A students

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