Morning lovelies.  Today I’m thrilled to bring you a review of George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley by Helen Fox. This is a fantastic heartwarming story aimed at older children, but will be loved by adults too…..

about the book

Title: George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley
Author: Helen Fox
Genre: Children’s fiction – age 10 to 12
Series/Standalone: First book in a series
Estimated page count: 140
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: AG Books; Standard ed. edition (30 Aug. 2016)

After his parents are killed, George, the Orphan Crow, starts a new life among the lively creatures of Blossom Valley and the enchanting butterflies that live there. But all is not as it seems… an evil ladybird, envious of the butterflies’ beauty lures them to a remote place with a wicked plan in mind. George becomes suspicious and flies out looking for them. But is he too late? Has the wicked ladybird already put her plan into action? This original, intriguing story is mainly told by the colourful characters that make up the community and will fascinate readers of all ages.

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

George is distraught when his parents are killed by pheasant hunters and doesn’t know what to do with himself.  Until he’s found by the wise old owl, Plato who sends him on his way to Blossom Valley.  He arrives and finds a wonderful mix of different animals all living in harmony and protecting their area of the inhabitation.  But unfortunately not everyone is nice, and one of the evil ladybirds tries to get rid of the butterflies, but George finds out and heads to save them.  But does he make it on time? What else is being planned? And will he make it out alive?

This is a truly captivating story of so many wonderful wildlife characters.  George the crow is a fantastic, selfless and incredibly brave boy who not only fits in well with the other residents of Blossom Valley, but saves many of them.  Plato is a brilliant wise old owl, Tawny Owl is the resident nurse, the squirrels protect the perimeter, and Conti the frog is just a little legend.  All the animals are wonderful and have their own personalities and traits, which brings out both good and bad in this book.

The setting has been described fantastically, and you can just imagine the beautiful woodland and bluebells.  I could imagine each animal and character and it brought everything to life wonderfully.

The story is full of action, mystery, community spirit, love, friendship and a little sadness and loss.  There were times when I was devastated for the animals, and other times when I was so happy for them.  But not only is this a wonderful story, but it also has some important messages in here.  The community of Blossom Valley are accepting and will welcome anyone from far and wide, and there is a diverse mix of animals.  The book teaches us that every creature has their purpose on earth, no matter what they are, and it’s so heartwarming and lovely to read.

I totally fell in love with George and the creatures of Blossom Valley and I can’t wait to see what they get up to next.  So if you’re looking for a wonderful tale to read with your children, or if like me, you’re just a grown up that loves animals, then you should check this out.  Highly recommended by me.

about the author

I love Nature and all creatures great and small. I live close to a beautiful Park in North London, where I can often be found feeding the squirrels and birds. I love all birds but I am drawn to crows in particular, for though they are the least loved of all birds, they are very intelligent and charismatic.

During my daily walks at the Park, I found that three crows would be at the same spot each time I went to feed them and before long I discovered they favoured meaty foods to seeds, so I tried my best to oblige. I noticed that when one would fly off the grass the other two would follow suit, so I gathered they must be a family; father, mother and perhaps their son?

One afternoon, my crows weren’t there and as I sat at the bench and waited, the younger one landed on the grass walking anxiously around. Seconds later, he took to the air circling low over the trees and cawing his little heart out. Was he calling his parents? Were his carks cries of fear and despair, had his parents abandoned him or even worse been killed?

It was this scene that inspired me to write ‘ George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley,’ a traditional storytelling that has been loved by many readers.

Thanks to Helen for asking me to review her book in return for an honest review.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a brilliant day lovelies, and I’ll be back soon

Chelle x

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