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Crow and a Red Feather

Chellie Kew

Imagine being in a world where the stars in the night sky are as an upside-down bowl spanning from horizon to horizon, and you are at the center, in your crushed jeep. Alone.

Crow and a Red Feather is a story about survival, love, and courage, and about beating the odds. Written in a style that is both lyrical and evocative.

As it opens, an African crow looks down on this scene in the Namibian desert. Readers can smell and taste the blood and gasoline, and feel an overwhelming thirst as a woman staggers out into the desert with a concussion and broken ribs. She is befriended by the trickster crow, and by an old gray-coated, yellow toothed baboon - a friend that she believes will offer up his life if a predator comes to take her down.

Woven into this beautiful and true parable are life's lessons learned under the most life-threatening, heartbreaking and poignant situations. It inspires you, and will change the way you look at your own life.

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Chellie Kew began her photography career in front of the lens as a professional model in the New York City fashion industry. Her work has appeared in a variety of well-known women's publications, including Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Co-Ed and Teen magazines.

While living in South Africa in the 1990s, Kew found her passion behind the lens of the camera, capturing raw and upfront images of African children and wildlife in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the South African bushveld.

Experienced in the operation of both manual and autofocus 35mm still cameras, Kew uses a personal technique to capture portrait, wildlife and photojournalism style images on high quality print films. Her photos have been purchased by individuals and corporations in the US, Europe, and Africa.

Today, her powerful images form the cornerstone of the courageous and inspiring story behind her mission to bring a brighter future to thousands of African children.

Her first book, African Journal: A Child's Continent, was published in 2003.