The Story of Humphrey the Hereford 

by Stephen Marcus Finn

Original Story in ENGLISH



Translated into Italian by Valentina Rossini

Illustration by Sally Rumball

This beautiful and moving story will take us into a world where animals talk, think, cry and love, and where we meet a crow who can talk to humans. They are also animals whom we are not much acquainted with, despite their being around us all the time. If we only took the trouble to look at them with more attention. At the end of the story there are some fun exercises to practise both languages (English and Italian), and to help us to be more aware of other species’ feelings and lives.

Meet Caw the Crow – the most brilliant of all birds, as he keeps reminding us. Caw is a great talker, and is eager to tell the story of his good friend Humphrey the Hereford, from the time he was a calf, living on a farm, and destined, like all his brothers and sisters, to meet a terrible fate. But things follow an unusual path for Humphrey...


From the book

What are you doing, little boy? Hold on, there’s no need to jump up in astonishment. I’m sorry I frightened you. I’m here, on the branch just above your head. And please close your mouth. You never know what could fly in. And don’t point. I know that you’re amazed that I’m talking to you. I mean, I bet you’ve never realized that a crow can talk as much as I do. But I suppose I’m not an ordinary crow. Just call me the Einstein of birds.

Surprised again? Just because I know of Einstein. Well, I don’t really, but when I started jabbering away, those people who called themselves my owners said I was clever enough for that. Not that I know who Einstein actually was; just some clever man, I suppose.

Caw the Crow. Just because of the sound I make when I don’t feel like talking people language. Why they couldn’t call me Thabiso or Algernon, I don’t know. No originality these people.

Now, where was I? You must understand that I do go off in strange directions at times. I get sidetracked. Crows do, you know. No, I suppose if I thought you knew that beforehand, I wouldn’t have told you.

About the author

Stephen Marcus Finn is an academic, novelist, playwright and poet, particularly concerned with society’s so-called ‘outsiders’. He has written a novel about bullying in schools (Soliloquy, 2008), as well as stories like Humphrey’s to raise awareness on animal exploitation and cruelty. 



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