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My favorite childhood book

I was reminded of this book by a recent post at Childfree Chic:

My parents got a bunch of children’s books that had been purged from the local library system, and this was one.  Apparently it wasn’t very popular — it appears to have been checked out just once.

However, out of all the beautiful, colorfully illustrated books I grew up with, this black and white book from 1969 became my favorite.

It was about a crow that had made friends with a woman who lived at the beach, as well as with her cat, her grandchildren, and a seagull.  In the story, Sammy plays with the children every day until he meets a lady crow and flies away with her and some others.

Ultimately, Sammy misses his people too much and leaves the other crows, returning to his friends at the beach.

I’ve always loved crows because of this book — they’re all Sammy to me.

What was your favorite book as a child?  How did it influence you?

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