|Birds One Should Know, by Rev. Canon Theodore Wood, London: Gay & Haycock Ltd, 1925, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, BADDA2918|
Magpies have a reputation for being mischievous scamps, stealing shiny objects and featuring in the superstitious nursery rhyme. But here, the idea of the thieving magpie is turned around as this cover shows the magpies' caring side as it feeds its young.
The designer of this cover has displayed both sides of the books subheading, 'Beneficial and Mischievous', through this illustration. A clever idea.
The Olympic athlethes had better keep an eye on their medals with these guys around!