The Crows of Pearblossom: 09/16/13
Aldous Huxley wrote The Crows of Pearblossom for his niece. It has been reissued a couple of times with different illustrators. The version I read had artwork by Barbara Cooney. The review on We Too Were Children includes information on the history of the story and its posthumous publication in 1967. Books 4 Your Kids has a nice comparison of the Clooney and Sophie Blackall illustrations.
Amelia and Abraham Crow try and try to start a family but every day they come home to an empty nest. While they are away, a snake comes to eat their egg. They go to owl for advice and he helps them devise a trick to stop the snake for good.
It's a strange little tale putting two different trickster characters at odds. I think this book would have appeal for children who enjoy fables like Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears (link to review).