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Little Black Crowby Chris Raschka
Synopses & Reviews
Picture a sky andlt;BRandgt;as big as all outdoors, andlt;BRandgt;a fence disappearing over a hill, andlt;BRandgt;a crow then appearing, andlt;BRandgt;a boy looking up, andlt;BRandgt;watching, wondering. andlt;BRandgt;Not much more than a moment andlt;BRandgt;but the meetingandlt;BRandgt;lofts a rush of childhood questionsand#8212;andlt;BRandgt;27 in alland#8212;inspiring answers andlt;BRandgt;as big as all outdoors. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Caldecott medalist Chris Raschka, andlt;BRandgt;himself the boy perhaps,andlt;BRandgt;has created a book in the sparest languageandlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;against the simplest setting,andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;to inspire in any young listenerandlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;the wonder of wondering.
"Surrounded by blurry blue watercolor skies and wheat-brown daubs suggestive of autumn fields, a boy sits on a rail fence and talks to a small crow. At first, his rhyming questions seem simple: 'Little black crow, where do you go?/ Where do you go in the cold white snow?' As the queries continue, readers may begin to consider the mysterious outdoor lives of animals and the things humans take for granted. The boy asks, 'Is it enough to have feathers in all kinds of weathers?' as blue and brown slashes of rain whip around the crow. The crow, inked with an enormous beak and a comparatively tiny body, seems to grin but offers no reply. The boy also wonders about the crow's family ('Are you a boy like me?') and asks whether the crow might love 'the little gray dove' perched next to him on a power line. Caldecott Medalist Raschka (The Hello Goodbye Window) leaves the questions unanswered and pictures the curious crow landing next to the boy at the close of this thought-provoking, nature-centered reflection. Ages 4 — 7. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
A Caldecott Medalist combines gently rhyming language and vibrant, airy illustrations to tell a story about a little boy who wonders about a crow's life. Full color.
Combining unfussy, gently rhyming language with vibrant, airy illustrations, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka has created a book that will inspire in young readers the wonder of wondering. A little boy wonders about a crow’s life—from the simple “Where do you go in the cold white snow?” to the not-so-simple “Do you ever worry when you hop and you hurry? Are you ever afraid of mistakes you made? Are you never afraid?”
All of life is touched on in simple words and spare, elegant artwork. Little Black Crow is not to be missed.
About the Author
Chris Raschka is the illustrator of andlt;iandgt;The Hello, Goodbye Windowandlt;/iandgt;, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book andlt;iandgt;Yo! Yes?andlt;/iandgt;;andlt;iandgt; Charlie Parker Played Be Bopandlt;/iandgt;;andlt;iandgt; Mysterious Theloniousandlt;/iandgt;;andlt;iandgt; John Coltraneand#8217;s Giant Stepsandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;Canand#8217;t Sleep.andlt;/iandgt; He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
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