Crow Call

Crow Call


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Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry has crafted a beautiful picture book about the power of longing and the importance of reconnection between a girl and her father in post-WWII America.

This is the story of young Liz, her father, and their strained relationship. Dad has been away at WWII for longer than she can remember, and they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, cherry pie, tender conversation, and the crow call. This allegorical story shows how, like the birds gathering above, the relationship between the girl and her father is graced with the chance to fly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545030359
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 249,714
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lois Lowry is the author of many acclaimed books for children. She is a two-time Newbery Award winner -- for NUMBER THE STARS, a book that is required reading in many classrooms, and THE GIVER, which remains one of the most talked-about and debated books in children's publishing history. THE GIVER is soon to be a major motion picture with Walden Media. She is also the author of GOSSAMER, CROW CALL, and THE WILLOUGHBYS, among many, many others. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. He has illustrated many books for children, including THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO by Russell Freedman, and CROW CALL by Lois Lowry. Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

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Crow Call 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
kidlitfan More than 1 year ago
Simply stunning! Lois Lowry and Bagram Ibatoulline have created a book which works on so many levels - personal, artistic, emotional. Ms. Lowry's tale is the timeless story of parents and children struggling to find common ground, to express love in the simple act of being together and caring about each other. Indeed, this true story happened to Lois during her own childhood, and has obviously stayed with her for more than 60 years. Ibatoulline's artwork will leave you breathless: Extraordinarily skillful rendering of expression, haunting recreation of forest and field. A work of genius in every respect.
Mary8601 More than 1 year ago
It took me awhile to find this because I never expected Lois Lowry to write a picture book! But be prepared for the same brilliance she presents in The Giver and Number the Stars in this gorgeous treasure. The illustrations are stunning and Ibatoulline captures every emotion and thought perfectly in the faces of the characters. For every child who has ever had to become reacquainted with their parents this is book is priceless. For every child who has ever struggled in a relationship with their parents (and who has not), it is equally priceless.
grammydiane More than 1 year ago
Lovely and evocative of memories and life.
nancyjensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A ten year old girl gets reacquainted with her father who has been away at war. The sparse November sky, bare trees and hard ground of the woods are in perfect contrast to the long plaid wool shirt, short braids, warm cherry pie and coffee at the diner as these two reconnect. The illustrations are perfectly matched with the text. The story is suspenseful when the sky fills with crows near the end, what will happen? A serious story based on the author's own experience, this book is just right for fourth or fifth graders who will want to know more about war and times past. It's important also for those students who may have a strained home life, with a parent who is estranged, or who is serving in the armed forces currently and is away, or any number of difficult home situations. Class discussion or journal writing could follow for these older students. I chose not to share this with my Pre K students, but I did read it with my own fourth grade daughter. Reconciliations are always worth the effort.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a fun book; it's a thought provoking book. The little girl Liz is getting used to her father all over again after his return from military service. The father's experiences are not shared, but his commitment to connecting with his daughter is the focus. It makes you want to know more about what families of today do to stay connected while apart.Might consider Deborah Ellis' --Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children-- as a counterpart.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The marvelous illustrations of Bagram Ibatouline and the delightful writing of Lois Lowry combine to make this a delightful journey of a father and daughter's re-acquaintance.When a child, Lowry missed her father who was away from his family and in the service during WWII. When he returned, he resumed loving, caring relationships with his children.This beautiful picture/story book captures a special moment of quiet joy as father and daughter walked in the autumn woods to hunt crows. The crows were called and circled high above in the trees, but none were shot. All were observed in a magical snapshot of time.If you enjoy the art of Andrew Wyeth, you will appreciate the artistry of Ibatouline who also illustrated The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane.This is a book to be read, when looking outside at the moon shining on the snowy ground, cup of tea in hand, and a warm cover on your lap
CassieM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A personal narrative and a great mentor text. Beautiful illustrations. A heartwarming story.
kairstream on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liz spends a day with her father. She has rarely seen him as he is just returning from serving in WWII, She is uncomfortable about killing the crows that are eating the farmers crops. Introduce 'Looking Back A Book of Memories' - Lois Lowry
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