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Birds: Halloween, Horror & an Inspiring Children’s Book Giveaway

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Birds and Halloween are meshed together pretty well. There are so many tales of the birds in Halloween folklore and they are almost always in the decorations somewhere or another. Usually, of course, they are black birds.

Seemed like a good time to do some research and figure out just why that is, especially since the story book I’m reviewing has a black bird on the cover. So, we’ll talk about the book down below, but first…

Birds: Their Place in Halloween, Horror & an Inspiring Children's Book GiveawayWhy are Birds Everywhere on Halloween?

Birds, well black birds in particular, were given a bad rep long before Halloween was conjured up. Celtic people believed that they brought the battlefield, war and death. So it seems, they may have been ahead of the curve on birds having evil potential and bringing bad omens. Of course, they are definitely not alone!

Edgar Allen Poe made them absolutely synonymous with death (and therefore Halloween) when he wrote the poem ‘The Raven.’

5 Fantastic Horror Films with Birds

  • The Crow, a film that came out in 1944 (then later became a comic), these birds guide the souls of the dead to the afterlife and back again for revenge on the living. The film was remade in 1994 and brought with it some special folklore!
  • The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock (I’m pretty sure this is the one that made my Bestie terrified of all black birds, though I have no proof.) I linked to the entire collection, because honestly if you are into it, Hitchcock was a genius! I have always loved classic movies, well since I was old enough to truly appreciate them anyway.
  • Black Swan is a psychological thriller based mainly on the need to succeed, one stressor that we can all relate to. The 2010 version starred Natalie Portman, whom I love, and she won an Oscar for her performance in this role.
  • The Omen II, filmed in 1978, while definitely marked by the time is a gruesome horror movie, qualifying itself to be one of the horror film classics for sure.
  • Deadly Crows is an opera filmed in 1987. There are some great shots from the point of view of the birds, which is an interesting turn of the camera!

The Nicer Birds

Clearly, not all birds have a bad reputation. It is often believed that cardinals bring reminders of joy and happiness from loved ones we’ve lost. I grew up spending a lot of time with my Great Granny and we would spend hours watching the birds that came to her feeders.

I don’t know if she started it, or if it came from my Mom, but I grew up hearing that when we saw them, it was bringing messages and reminders of love from my Momma-Mae (my Great Great Grandmother from another side), then later from my Granny. Now, I like to think they also bring them from my Momma and my Acadia. (Our baby we lost, you can read some about child loss here.)

These days, I have my own feeders and it makes me smile when the cardinals, hummingbirds and others come to visit me.

Clearly, with that you understand that I don’t feel like all birds bring bad things. So, I wanted to end this post on a good note and with an adorable book review. Plus, my bestie has an insane fear of black birds thanks to films like ones above, so she needs this. haha.

How the Birds Became FriendsHow the Birds Became Friends

Based on a Burmese folktale, Noa Baum wrote a sweet and adorable story book titled How the Birds Became Friends. I loved this little story and the warmth it brought to my heart. It was a much needed reminder of how far kindness can take us, especially when we take a stand for things.

In case you missed it, I recently reviewed another children’s book that addressed adversity, Milo the Albino Dino. There’s also a post I wrote in regards to my own views and experience with Racial Bias that I hope you will read. It’s always great to have new perspectives, isn’t it?

Book Synopsis

Long ago when the world was very young, the birds did not get along.
They were always fighting about who was better.

Beaks pecking! Feathers flying!
Squawks and screeches everywhere!

Little Quail feels lost in all the noise, but with each bird trying to outdo the others, Quail bravely takes an unexpected approach. In this delightful take on a Burmese folktale from award-winning storyteller Noa Baum and illustrated by renowned ecologist and artist Zev Labinger, watch the power of kindness change the world.

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Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of over 12 years! We have a grown daughter, a son-in-love and 2 grandson. Just love being Nonna! We also have an angel waiting on us to join her one day, she was 11 months old when she went to Heaven. We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish in our koi pond. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

21 thoughts on “Birds: Halloween, Horror & an Inspiring Children’s Book Giveaway

  • October 15, 2021 at 10:12 am
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    These books look great! I think my daughters would enjoy them!

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  • October 11, 2021 at 2:40 pm
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    We have a treed backyard and I love watching all the different kinds of birds that come and sing in the trees.

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  • October 10, 2021 at 1:32 am
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    I think my granddaughters would enjoy these books. They look like a lot of fun to read.

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  • October 9, 2021 at 9:32 am
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    My family and I love books! Wishing everyone a happy halloween.

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  • October 8, 2021 at 10:09 am
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    Kindness can take us very far. A little bit goes a long way! Birds are so pretty! This looks like a great book for kids!

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  • October 8, 2021 at 2:57 am
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    I love birds..well at least looking at them. Great idea for books.

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    • October 8, 2021 at 7:53 am
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      I do too. I am strangely (or maybe not so strangely) afraid of them though. Furry animals don’t bother me, all of the others make me nervous. haha

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  • October 6, 2021 at 9:45 am
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    There’s been several times where birds have really creeped me out. I don’t think I could ever watch a horror movie with birds because I would rather think they’re beautiful. I’ve been really concerned about all the dying birds lately, I hope the scientists can figure out what’s causing it!

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    • October 8, 2021 at 8:06 am
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      Girl, me too! It’s insane the damage we knowingly cause on the environment. I do my best to make a difference, though it never feels like enough. I have some posts about eco-friendly ways to save money and lots of ways to re-use/re-purpose things in hopes that it inspires people. If we all do little things, maybe it will truly make an impact! I was amazed during 2020 when they showed all of the differences in the environment while we shut down. Can’t imagine how anyone could see that and not want to do something difference!

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  • October 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm
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    This looks like a very interesting book. I loved the post.

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    • October 8, 2021 at 8:06 am
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      It really was! Even though I have no children living at home, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to sending it to my grandsons.

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  • October 5, 2021 at 2:04 pm
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    I love to hunt for butterflies .

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    • October 8, 2021 at 8:07 am
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      What an interesting hobby! Do you photograph them or just find for the joy for finding them?

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  • October 5, 2021 at 9:48 am
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    This book sounds wonderful and spooky at the same time, I’m sure the younger children will enjoy reading these stories.
    @tisonlyme143

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    • October 8, 2021 at 8:08 am
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      The cover sort of creeped me out, but I think it was just because of the black bird. haha. It’s an adorable book though, no scary elements to it.

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  • October 5, 2021 at 3:52 am
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    These books look terrific and interesting think my little niece would enjoy these

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