Don Freeman Treasury of Animal Stories
What do a conceited crow, a lazy-but-ambitious dog, and a friendly dove have in common? They are all a part of this wonderful treasury of animal stories! These classic animal stories by Don Freeman (author of Corduroy and Beady Bear) have all found young hearts to entertain years ago, but are now contained together in a beautiful, classically-illustrated collection.
The first story, Cyrano the Crow (1960), follows a boastful crow who is very proud of his ability to mimic other bird-calls"but when he is invited to appear on a television show, he finds that his arrogance has gotten the better of him. Flash the Dash (1973) is about a lazy dog who (at the demand of his mate) must go out and find steady employment. He works diligently at the postal service, but finds himself slipping back into his lethargic habits. The Turtle and the Dove (1964) tells the story of a weary dove and her new friend, a weather-beaten turtle, searching for a home. When a storm drives them apart, they must find their ways separately.
Each story features an important moral lesson (the dangers of pride & sloth, and the value of friendship, respectively), compelling characters, humorous dialogue, and delightful illustrations. Though outdated by modern standards, this classic treasury contains plenty of heart and soul to both entertain and impart important values upon children. 116 pp, SC.
A chatty crow, a newly ambitious dog, and a pair of unlikely animal friends are the stars of these three charmingly illustrated tales by Don Freeman, author of Corduroy and Beady Bear. The long-out-of-print stories, now available in a single-volume collection, combine humor with gentle lessons in humility, responsibility, and loyalty.
Cyrano the Crow centers on a talkative creature who takes great pride in his ability to imitate owls, parrots, and other birds. But when Cyrano is invited to perform on a television show, the conceited crow gets a comeuppance.
Flash the Dash recounts the tale of a lazy dachshund named Flash who likes to nap while his spouse, Sashay, does all the work. When Sashay insists that he find a job, Flash becomes a messenger and realizes the importance and benefits of hard work.
The Turtle and the Dove tells of a weary bird who finds rest on a tiny round island"which turns out to be a turtle's back. The new companions weather a storm together and discover the power of a deep friendship.