Friday, May 21, 2010

Review-Crow Call by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Link for the book:

Publishers weekly Best Book of the year for 2009

Scholastic Press , 2009, 32 pages
Publishers state for ages 4+, Amazon states for ages 9-12. (I read this book to my 6 1/2 year old granddaughter and she loved this book--in my opinion I believe ages 9-12 is not accurate.

Other books by Lois Lowry:
Number The Stars, The Giver, The Willoubys, Gathering Blue, The Birthday Ball
She is the author of 30 books!

This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing...and treasuring.

The book I read is a hard back library edition. The front cover appears to be water color; created with warm golds, sepia and browns. A lone little girl named Lizzie is dressed in a mans shirt, and is gazing upwards in to a tree where a flock of crows have just flown away from. She is perfectly still, as if wanting to relish and soak in this precious moment. The pictures throughout the book display a cold and still morning outing between Lizzie and her father. The father has recently returned home from war, and he and Lizzie are warming up the bond between them that had been disjointed because of his absence. They are hunting crows that have and will destroy farmers crops. Liz is apprehensive about this; yet she wants to spend time with her father.
Great book! Timely for this period in our nations history with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This would be a great book to read to children who need help understanding the strained relationships that happen during a war with the absences of children away from their parents.

Attention authors!!!!!
I feel that more books need to be written (minus any political beliefs) focusing on helping children and young adults deal with a parent coming home from war!

Blissful Reading!

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