2010. 32 pp. Based on a story told to the author by Shade's owner Emily, 'Shade: a story about a very smart raven' is a heart-warming, read-aloud story to share with children. Author and Arizona resident, Diane Phelps Budden, hopes the story will help children gain a new appreciation of these clever, beautiful birds. She believes ravens, which rank with the smartest animals in the world, can be trained to function as part of a search-and-rescue team. She continued her research to demonstrate that ravens can be trained to follow simple commands.