A Few Facts About Ravens.
Ravens are known to be highly intelligent – up there with the chimpanzees. They roam in adolescent ‘gangs’, are playful and mischievous, and can imitate human speech on a par with parrots. With a shiny, ebony body and a piercing stare they have often been the source of myths and legends. Ravens mate for life and are known to show empathy for one another. Strangely, a flock of ravens is called an ‘unkindness’.
After many hours watching ravens interact with other animals and birds, author Jane Finch decided to write an adventure featuring these enigmatic birds, and in 2018 Crimson Cloak Publishing published A Raven’s Tale.
The main protagonist – a raven of course – is Hoppy, once held in great esteem until an accident left him unable to fly. He becomes suspicious of the motives of a group of ravens who bully other animals into submission and servitude. Hoppy becomes the instigator and leader as the animals try to escape, because all they want to do is live in peace and harmony.
Does this sound familiar? How many workers are subjected to bullying peers or bosses? What must it be like to be a refugee forced to abandon their home and seek a place to live where there is no fear of war? In these days of pandemic, climate change, and threats of war, isn’t it everyone’s desire to live in peace?
Perhaps we have much to learn from the majestic Raven like Hoppy and the humble animals of A Raven’s Tale.
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