The thoughts of Caw the crow are slightly cynical and speaks the one word it was taught–Jeb! This humorous story that includes important family values, are reinforced when Caw saves Christmas for Jeb and his family with that “one word.”
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When I attended a children’s author’s critique meeting, a guest speaker gave each of us five minutes to write down a creative story line. I don’t know why, but I remembered that as a child, my father and I “cawed” at each other using a poor imitation of a crow’s call when we hiked through meadows and woods outside of Port Chester, New York. If we were a distance from each other, we’d use that call so we wouldn’t get separated. From that colorful memory came the idea for CAW ‘S FIRST HOLIDAY.