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Children's Nonfiction Birds

A Crow Called Canuck

a children's activity book

by (author) Arran Yarmie

Hancock House
Initial publish date
Dec 2018
Birds, Birds, General
Recommended Age
0 to 18
Recommended Grade
p to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2018
    List Price

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He’s been called “Vancouver’s famous crow”, “a sought-after film star”, and “East Vancouver’s bad boy bird”. Canuck, the orphan crow who rose to fame is now the subject of a kids colouring and activity book. It documents Canuck’s life from a fledgling chick to his adventures as an adult. With 34 story and colouring pages and 10 activity pages, A Crow Called Canuck will not only entertain, but educate children about the importance of peacefully coexisting with urban wildlife. Hancock House Publishers and the authors of this book are dedicated to this mission and partial proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation to help continue with its education and conservation programs.

About the author

Just like Canuck the Crow, Arran Yarmie and his daughter Haru are residents of East Vancouver. Arran is a High School teacher and Haru is in elementary school. After having memorable encounters with Canuck, they decided to create this book to tell kids about this remarkable crow and the importance of respecting urban wildlife.

Arran Yarmie's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"What a treat to have an activity book that activates our imagination while immortalizing the unique urban legend of Canuck the Crow. Vancouver's favourite feathered ambassador comes to life through these charming drawings paired with simple text. These pictures and words, along with the activity section, help us understand the beauty and the pathos of the intersection of human and animal life. Canuck's tale of survival and adaptation is engaging and educational but more importantly, its telling includes an open invitation to young readers to actively question the human impact on wildlife in urban settings. A wee gem of a book!" -- Sand Northrup

"Not every person is fortunate enough to experience the joy and humbling emotion when interacting with a wild creature. Canuck crow has spread his friendly personality afar and inspired this talented father and daughter to produce a wonderful book about him so that others can share the magic of this special bird. The pages capture the reader with charmingly naïve illustrations that tell the story along with the simple but eloquent text and clever activity section. Canuck's adventures display the often perilous life of wild creatures living close to urbanization, a serious lesson to humans delightfully told." -- Mary Page

"A Crow Called Canuck is a wonderfully whimsical book that allows children to understand the important role they play in relation to the animals and nature around them. Arran and Haru Yarmie have created a visually appealing and educational book that provides insight into Vancouver's Unofficial Ambassador Canuck the Crow's life, and how we can help protect the wildlife around us for future generations. The book also includes a variety of activities for children to complete at the end of the story. A lovely book that children and adults alike will enjoy reading, especially if they have ever had an encounter with a crow!" -- Shelley Deacon