Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A parent returning as a stranger after WWII could be a difficult situation, but in Newbery Medalist Lowry's first picture book, drawn from her childhood, the reunion brings warmth and trust. Out on a fall hunting trip with her father, Lizzie is quiet with apprehension ('Daddy. Daddy. Saying it feels new'). Yet he respects her wishes, even when they're quirky. When she longs for a plaid hunting shirt many sizes too big, he endorses her choice: 'You know, Lizzie... You will never ever outgrow this shirt.' He orders three pieces of cherry pie (her favorite food) for breakfast. She's worried about the idea of hunting; he gives her the crow call 'I'm pretty sure you can handle it' and the crows gather like magic. To her relief, her father never fires his gun. Ibatoulline (The Scarecrow's Dance) fittingly dedicates his artwork to Andrew Wyeth. The Pennsylvania countryside, in shades of gold and fawn, undulates behind Lizzie and her father, the quiet colors echoing the intimacy they share. It's a loving representation of a relationship between parent and child, and an elegy to a less ironic era, while fully relevant for today's military families. Ages 9 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Lowry makes her picture book debut with a powerful story drawn from her own childhood. Dad has been away fighting in Word War II for longer than Liz can remember, and now they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, tender conversation, and the crow call. Illustrations.
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.