Kids Comments

I visited a second grade classroom to share raven stories and my books. Here are some comments from these great kids:

  • “I liked your book. When Shade was looking for water in the desert and to get Emily to help Shade was happy to save the man. It was a good book to read. It was a fun book to read.”
  • “I liked your book Shade because I learned a lot about ravens. I learned they fly fast and travel far. Thank you for reading us your book! I also enjoyed your book now I feel very happy.”
  • “I like Shade because she saved the man from the Sedona desert. I didn’t like that people get lost in the desert. I feel ravens are cool because they can fly to Walmart and find food. I like your book about ravens.”
  • “It was a great book. Emily and Shade were rescuing the man. I think the book was beautiful. I love the book because I learned about ravens and it is a beautiful book!”
  • “Shade was a good book because Shade helped that person who (was) lost in the desert. I really liked the book! It is that Emily put the GPS
    tracker on Shade. Now Shade is part of the rescue team! I learned a lot about ravens and I learned that ravens love Cheetos.”
  • Shade the Raven and Emily.

    Shade and Emily

PRETTY SHARP KIDS

 

 

Shade - A Story About A Very Smart Raven book cover

Shade – A Story About A Very Smart Raven

 

Common Raven Book Earns Accolades

The annual awards for Southwest Books of the Year for 2013 have been announced and my book was a “Panelist Pick” in the children’s titles. Pretty exciting stuff! Here’s what the judge said:

Un-Common Raven, The: One Smart Bird

By Diane Phelps Budden, Loren Haury. Red Rock Mountain Press LLC. 32 pp. $11.95.A well researched and well written children’s book about ravens.This book includes facts about where ravens live – the Sonoran desert, their flight patterns, intelligence, curiosity. We learn about raven’s characteristics including; they are toolmakers, scavengers, they mate for life,etc.

Written for school age children and includes index, glossary, and bibliography. Excellent choice for student research and grade school homework assignments.

–Ann Dickinson, 2013 Southwest Books of the Year jury

Follow this link to view all the books chosen for a Southwest Books of the Year 2013 award: http://www.library.pima.gov/books/swboy/2013/list.php?letter=U&view=kids

 

 

 

 

 

Shade the Raven Visits Highland Nature Center and Wows the Crowd

On Saturday January 11, Shade, Emily, and I visited the Highland Nature Center in Prescott, AZ to give presentations. I gave a story hour for the kids who came, but the crowd of over 125 raven lovers were there to see Shade and hear Emily’s talk about her research. There were plenty of questions too. Shade was very well behaved and people even had their picture taken with her. It’s good to see there are so many raven lovers in AZ (just like me).

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Raven Book

The Un-Common Raven Book Cover

The Un-Common Raven Book Cover

A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet researcher Emily Cory, and friend to Shade the raven. Because of my relationship with Emily, I wrote a children’s book, Shade; a story about a very smart raven, describing the work Emily has done in training Shade and documenting her intelligence.  I became Shade’s friend too, and highly value this opportunity to interact with wildlife. I realized I wanted to know more about these clever birds and share it with others.
The Un-Common Raven: one smart bird is a description of one species of raven, the Common Raven, and is based on the considerable research being done about these amazing birds, especially the groundbreaking studies of Bernd Heinrich and John Marzluff.
The book shows the home territories in North America where Common Ravens live, their physical characteristics, feeding habits, family life.  Do ravens really play with other ravens?  And just how smart are these birds?  I also discuss the special relationship that has developed over the years between humans and ravens.
Undoubtedly, the most exciting and enjoyable aspect of this book are the photos. They were taken by local Sedona, Arizona, resident Loren Haury.  Loren chose the photos from his extensive collection of raven photos, and they bring the text to life for readers.
As John Marzluff stated, “(The Un-Common Raven: one smart bird) is….An
engaging introduction to one of the world’s most fascinating and influential birds.”
I think you will be amazed as you learn about the Common Raven. My life has been enriched from my association with these wizards of the bird world.

They are truly uncommon.