Hello readers, I'm Crow. I have been asked to give a brief description of our daily life so that you can practise your R-Hooks. I am glad that she didn't bother to ask the ravens or rooks to contribute, as they are not as smart as me, and I am sure you prefer to hear about us clever crows. I have been given a word list that needs to be practised, which I propose to follow perfectly, and if you are even a quarter* as clever as a crow, you will soon be producing your cursive curly scribbles at a hundred birds a minute. At least I think that is what she said. In any case, after lots of persistent and eager practising, you will be flying along towards your grand goal as fast as we do - as the crow flies, in fact.
* "quarter" can also be written with just a doubled Kway stroke above the line (optional contraction)
I live in the park* surrounding Danson Lake in Bexleyheath in Kent, UK. The trees grow tall and straight, and there are acres of green grass full of dinners in the form of* grubs and worms. We crows spend our leisure time in the upper branches of the trees, where it is bright and breezy, and we have a particularly good view of all the free dinner opportunities. We are quite dapper in our black plumage but occasionally you may see one of us dressed with a few drab grey feathers, or maybe a silver streak on the wings. Sometimes we sit and preen, or sleep and dream, and sometimes we prepare to play pranks on the visitors as soon as an opportunity presents itself. When they bring out their bread and crisps, we cry out with a loud "caw" to let our friends know dinner is probably on offer. We like to prove how brave we are, so we press ahead towards them, and eagerly grab any morsels that the eaters drop. We can be quite bold and brash, as we approach in order to try and get the prize*, but the price* of shrinking back is going without supper.
* "park" on its own has full strokes P-Ray-K
* Omission phrase "in (the) f(orm of)"
* "prize/price" have the same outline
|My friend White Wing|
* Insert the last vowel, as "crisp" would also make sense
* Optional contraction
You might* like to find out the difference between crows, ravens (bigger size) and rooks (with white face) in the video from the British Trust for Ornithology. However, I am quite sure that everyone is in agreement that crows are the very best of the three, especially as we are the only ones whose name is written with a true and proper R-Hook. We may be smaller and not so strong, but I can truthfully brag that we are super brainy, with bright sharp minds, and a most impressive capacity for problem solving. It is intelligence and bravery, as well as regular training and practising a rapid response, that improves our personal performance and enables our efforts to get better as time progresses. I hope you agree with my remarks and remember me and my friends next time you write one of those hooks. My final remark is - the crow who dares wins! Yours truly, Crow. (644 words)
* Always write "might" separately, as in a phrase it could be misread as "may". It is more reliable to write it separately so that it occupies its correct position, and would not be misread even without any vowel sign.