|Illustrations by Sophie Blackall|
Huxley, born in England and educated at Balliol College, relocated to Southern California with his family in 1937. He wrote The Crows of Pearblossom for his niece, Olivia, in 1944 as a Christmas gift. In 1967 it was published in a small-format edition chapter book (now of of print) illustrated by Barbara Cooney.
The quirky tale is about how two silly crows - with the help of a wise owl - outsmart a sneaky snake who's been devouring their eggs. This is a story about cleverness triumphing over greed.
You can read a great overview and history of this chapter book transformed to picture book, HERE.