Synopses & Reviews
Jane Yolen introduces us to the fickle scarecrow, who decides to leave his station and dance away the fall night. He leaps through the fields until he reaches the farmhouse, where he sees a small light in the window. Inside, a boy is saying his prayers, and he offers up a special prayer for the corn that will be harvested in the morning. Humbled, the scarecrow knows what he has to do: He returns to the field and watches over the corn as only he can. Masterfully told, with illustrations by award winner Bagram Ibatoulline, this book has all the makings of a new classic.
"In an autumn cornfield, a threadbare scarecrow leaps high into the sky to dance across the darkening landscape. The pastoral evening images evoke a bygone era, and the descriptions of the scarecrow's excursion are both nostalgic and visceral. 'He danced past tractor/ In the field,/ Still waiting to/ Bring in the yield.... He danced by barn/ As red as blood/ And two pigs sleeping/ In the mud.' The scarecrow (who has the potential to frighten, though his wide painted smile helps) peers through the window of a solitary farmhouse where a boy in glowing, soft-focus light prays at his bedside: 'And bless tonight/ Our old scarecrow/ Who guards the fields/ And each corn row,' his prayer launching a closing poetic meditation. 'What prayers do scarecrows/ Make to God?/ Of sky and rain,/ And wind and sod?' While such reflections may be too obscure for some, the scarecrow's ethereal movements and Ibatoulline's hazy and atmospheric setting (the azure night sky is especially haunting, as the scarecrow leaps back into his rightful place) will stay with readers. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this beautiful tale, Yolen and Ibatoulline introduce a fickle scarecrow, who decides to leave his station and dance away the fall night. He soon encounters a young boy who is saying his prayers, and offers up a special prayer for the corn to be successfully harvested the next morning. Full color.
The Scarecrow has always stood tall and straight, watching over the corn. Then one magical autumn night, he begins to stir. Free from his post, the scarecrow skips through the fields and leaps past the barn, dancing under the moon. But when he hears a young boy's prayer for the farm, the scarecrow comes to understand where he belongs, and what he -- only he -- can do.
From award winners Jane Yolen and Bagram Ibatoulline, this is a moving tale about questioning your place and discovering yourself.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Jane Yolenandlt;/Bandgt; is an award-winning author who has written more than 200 books for children, including the bestseller andlt;iandgt;How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?andlt;/iandgt; and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner andlt;iandgt;Owl Moonandlt;/iandgt;. She is known for her beautiful poetry and has even been called and#8220;the Hans Christian Anderson of Americaand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/iandgt;). Jane Yolen lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at JaneYolen.com.Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. His first book was Philip Booth's andlt;iandgt;Crossingandlt;/iandgt;, named a 2001 Best Book by andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp;He is best known for his books with Kate di Camillo, andlt;iandgt;The Miraculous Journey ofandnbsp;Edward Tulaneandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Great Joyandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp; andnbsp;Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.