Two time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry takes her first stab at a picture book in Crow Call, published by Scholastic.
This title for primary grades features a young girl’s first memory of a big outing with her father, a man who had previously been a stranger to her due to a long war time absence. The event: a hunting trip where the day starts off with the girl’s father purchasing her a rainbow colored plaid shirt and a double helping of cherry pie. From there, they enjoy a day in the woods calling crows with a wooden tool.
It wouldn’t be fair to do a review of Crow Call without a serious nod to illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline. The book’s illustrations are absolutely precious. Done in color choices that mimic the seasons, they are period appropriate as well and have a decidedly Norman Rockwell feel.
While this timeless historical piece will appeal to a wide range of readers, this writer feels it would be particularly suited to the following audiences: military daughters whose fathers are currently deployed, daddy-daughter read aloud events and women who grew up “Tom boys” and remember hunting with their fathers.
Crow Call is due out in October of 2009. Available at Amazon.Com.
Photo Credit: Scholastic Press