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 Scarecrow
 Author: Ferry, Beth

 Publisher:  Harper (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [38] p., col. ill., 24 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 333326 ISBN: 9780062475763
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Scarecrows -- Fiction
 Crows -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Stories in rhyme

Price: $22.78

Summary:
A picture book tale about a lonely scarecrow who saves a baby crow, and the loving and protective bond that grows between two unlikely friends.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 500048

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/19)
   School Library Journal (09/01/19)
   Booklist (10/15/19)

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School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 PreS-Gr 3—Scarecrow has a job to do—guard the field. He's good at his job. The animals don't come near. His success is lonely though, until one day a baby crow falls from the sky. Scarecrow must decide whether to guard the field or take pity on the tiny lost bird. Scarecrow's very human desire for companionship wins out as he gently nestles the baby against his straw heart, starting a journey from solitary custodian to much-loved protector. The story shows that family and friends can be found in unexpected ways and surprising places. While the lyrical text paints a lovely tale (providing examples of alliteration and rhyme), the Fan Brothers' marvelous illustrations elevate it to something magical. It's amazing to watch the play of emotions over a simple, painted, burlap face. It's impossible not to feel despair, longing, and love along with Scarecrow. From the desolate paleness of winter to the pastel palette of spring, the depth of the landscapes help readers feel the changing seasons as the story moves through the year. Mostly, it feels like a wonderful celebration of fall as the glowing warmth of autumn wheat unites the story from its melancholy beginning to its jubilant conclusion. VERDICT An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection.—Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 10/15/2019 Summer, fall, winter, spring . . . in every season Scarecrow scares critters away from his field. But when a small, frightened crow falls from the sky, “He snaps his pole, / bends down low, / and saves the tiny baby crow.” Tucking it into the straw near his heart, he sings the nestling to sleep. They become loyal friends. In late summer, the crow flies away. Through autumn and winter, Scarecrow sags on his broken pole, but spring brings a happy reunion, as the bird spruces him up, finds a mate, and builds a nest beside his heart, where five eggs hatch into baby crows. The text works well, rolling along in a series of rhymed couplets that help create an emotional connection with the characters, particularly the scarecrow, but avoid sentimentality. Created with pencil and ballpoint as well as digital elements, the impressive double-page illustrations use line, texture, and color with uncommon finesse. The final page shows the contented Scarecrow at the center of an illustration resembling a traditional Peaceable Kingdom scene. A beautifully crafted picture book. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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