Cover of Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Crow Not Crow

The Yolen-Stemples are a family of birdwatchers. (I must admit I am the least of them.having been a city girl the first fourteen years of my life.) My late husband David Stemple grew up in the mountains of West Virginia. And our three children began early, because David (“Pa” in OWL MOON) taught them how to bird. And when Adam taught his soon-to-be wife Betsy how to bird (she was another city girl), he invented the ‘Crow Not Crow’ method. I waited for years for Adam—a writer himself–to write that picture book. But his strength is novel writing, despite the fact that he’s also a poet and a writer of fine lyrics for his various bands. So I showed him how to do it by writing the book with him. The pictures are by Elizabeth Dulemba who is an American right now living in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s the first of my books with her. (I asked for her specifically for the project.) She is illustrating some other bird books of mine for Cornell as well as a board book about a mer baby that I wrote for Simon& Schuster.