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Bartholomew Quill

A Crow's Quest to Know Who's Who

Thor Hanson, Dana Arnim (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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Thor Hanson’s first children’s book is the story of Bartholomew Quill, a crow who’s trying to figure out what he is. Rather than just a creation myth, it’s a legend about biodiversity and the clever and loveable crow. Tour the animal kingdom from a crow’s point of view in this whimsical mix of science and poetry. The rhyming story and beautiful illustrations of Pacific Northwest wildlife make this a fun read-aloud for the whole family.

Praise For Bartholomew Quill: A Crow's Quest to Know Who's Who

A PNBA Bestseller! 
An SCBWI Summer Reading Pick! 

"Young readers are sure to savor Bartholomew's antics."

"Exceptionally well written... an enduringly popular addition to preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."
Midwest Book Review

“Bartholomew Quill: A Crow's Quest to Know Who's Who is a great illustrated book with captivating images inspired by the Pacific Northwest”
Parenting Healthy 

"[Thor Hanson] fulfills his storytelling mission in an ingenious way."
The Seattle Times

 “Award-winning author Thor Hanson's writing style is flowing and poetic, which makes it fun to read aloud.”
Montana Public Radio 

"This is a fun story for young children!"
SoCal City Kids

“Bartholomew Quill is a beautiful story that will leave children to dream about other fictional connections with Mother Nature.”
—Unleashing Readers
“[The story’s] wonderful illustrations beautifully complement the rhyming text.”
—Corner on Character

“After reading Bartholomew Quill to my children, I can tell you that this is an excellent book for those who love nature.”
—Maria Dismondy, Books that Make a Difference

“This book by acclaimed biologist Thor Hanson…takes us on a lyrical journey back in time.”
—Saffron Tree
 "[A] charming book."
—Well Read (PBS affiliate)

“Teaches and inspires.”
—Seattle’s Child  

“A creative lesson in biodiversity.”
—Hakai Magazine  

Little Bigfoot, 9781632170460, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

About the Author

Thor Hanson is a biologist and author renowned for his adult books about nature (The Impenetrable Forest, The Triumph of Seeds, and Feathers). He won a PNBA Award and The John Burroughs Medal for Feathers, which was also a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and sought-after public speaker.
Dana Arnim, a northwest native, earned her art degree from the University of Washington. She lives with her husband and family in Seattle and helps lead the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Western Washington chapter.