Lowry, Lois. (2009). Crow Call. (B. Ibatoulline, Illus.) New York: Scholastic Press.
This wonderful book is about a girl and her father who has finally returned from the war and has promised to take his daughter out to shoot at the crows that are causing problems with the crops. Lowry deftly captures and expresses the father/daughter relationship in this beautifully illustrated book. Father and daughter, recently reunited, bond as they go out into the woods for practical purposes but discover instead the strength of their love and respect for one another. Bagram Ibatoulline’s naturalistic illustrations are superb.
K-Gr 4—”Based on the reminiscence of a day in 1945, Lowry’s nostalgic story has appeal that will resonate with 21st-century children. Lizzie’s father has just returned from serving in World War II and she’s a bit shy even though she’s excited about spending the day with him. They are going to hunt crows that are eating the farmers’ crops. The eight-year-old is warmly dressed in a man’s plaid wool shirt that she had admired in a store window and her father bought for her even though it comes down to her knees. After an early diner breakfast of her favorite cherry pie, they head toward the woods. Being in charge of the crow call, a whistle intended to lure prey to the hunter, Lizzie is impressed with the number of birds she entices, yet feels uncomfortable because they are about to be killed. However, her father never raises his rifle; he simply enjoys watching his enthralled daughter and the multitude of birds that have heeded her call. Remarkable, atmospheric illustrations reveal the subdued, cool autumn colors of crunchy dried grass, softly hued sky, and dark leafless trees. The memory of a treasured day spent with a special person will resonate with readers everywhere”.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Owen, Maryann H. (2009, October 1). Review of Crow Call. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com
A beautiful book that could be used during a reading lesson and allow for discussion about what kinds of special times children have shared with their own parents. The children could create a large collage of special moments for the classroom by cutting out shapes from paper or using magazines, cards, etc.