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Crow Call [Hardcover]

Lois Lowry , Bagram Ibatoulline
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Oct. 1 2009
One of Liz's favorite memories of her father is the day they passed the window of Kronenberg's department store. Daddy had bought her a very special gift something warm and wonderful to remember him by. A gift she would never outgrow. Now Daddy is back from the war, and his gift is perfect, as the two of them set out together on a cold autumn morning—first to town, where they share a special slice of cherry pie, then to the gray-green hills of the Pennsylvania farmlands, where they beckon crows from the quiet sky.

Lois Lowry pairs with acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline to deliver a timeless story about the power of a very special relationship.


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Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. Her books have garnered countless honors and awards. A two-time recipient of the Newbery Medal for her novels Number the Stars and The Giver, Lois Lowry conveys through her writing her passionate awareness of caring for one another in a complex world. Ms. Lowry lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Oct. 13 2009
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Lois Lowry is one of only two children's authors to ever win two Newbery Medals. Her Giver trilogy (Giver, Messenger and Gathering Blue) is used in school curriculums all over North America. This new story is wonderfully told and amazingly illustrated. The artwork is vivid and realistic, almost a cross between Norman Rockwell and Alex Colville. The story is that of a young girl out for the day with her father, a father she doesn't really know, for he has just returned from the war. They have gone to hunt crows that are eating the crops. The story is about parents and children getting to know each other. In that sense it is truly universal, which is the best kind of story. Lowry shares in the afterward that this is a true story; it happened to her. This is an amazing book and can be shared with many.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a story filled with nostalgia Dec 13 2009
By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Crow Call is a children's story filled with nostalgia and longing, inspired by true events from the author's own life--a young girl getting to know the father she missed during the war. From its beautiful sepia 1940's illustrations to its post-WWII setting, this book is the perfect grandparent / child read. It will stir memories and allow for discussions of an era when children had fathers who went away at war for a long time, sometimes years.

It's a story that's worth reading more than once for both parents and children to grasp the universal message--appreciate the value and simple beauty of spending time together. At first my 8 year-old daughter wondered why it ended as it did since she was expecting more regarding the crow call, which really is symbolic. My 5 year-old son remarked on the detailed two-page spread illustration of a quiet November forest, the bare limbs of the majestic trees intertwined together in an intricate pattern. He was absolutely right that the artist is gifted.

This book reminded me of the special relationship between a little girl and her daddy. It is a lovely picture book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Dec 3 2009
By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
i chanced upon this picture book in my local book store was was surprised to see that i was by lois lowry, who i know for writing thought provoking young adult novels such as the giver and gathering blue. this book was like neither of those, but was still a wonderful story.

this book is an auto-biography of lowry's childhood with her father. her father went to war when she was young, so when he came back she didn't really know him. this story is about her father taking her on a hunting trip of sorts so that they can get to know each other. the storytelling is wonderful, the prose is rich and descriptive. it is a book for children and it has great illustrations, but the way in which the author tells the story is almost poetic in the thorough descriptions of the surroundings and the main character's feelings throughout the story. the quality of writing is a rare find for a children's book.

the story is also pretty good. the girl wakes up early because her father is taking her on a hunting trip. she is wearing an over-sized man's hunting shirt that her father bought her. her father gives her the job of calling the crows so that he can shoot them. as they get closer to the spot she grows more and more uneasy about being a 'hunter' and killing these birds, but in the end she just ends up enjoying being able to communicate with the birds and her father just sits back and lets her have fun and no birds are shot that day.

this is a good book for kids who are missing a parent because he or she is away, either to a war or even on away on business a lot. it's a really touching story, i recommend.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sbtle and stunning Feb. 10 2010
By Melanie B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The story is powerful but understated, so that it's depths might be easy to miss if you aren't paying attention. It's told in the small details. Its power is in much of what goes unsaid and undone. So many moments had me on the point of tears.

This is the story of a father back from the war who has been gone so long he's become a stranger to his little girl. He doesn't know her favorite food is cherry pie, which he would if he'd been there... mama put candles on a pie for her last birthday. He's trying to reconnect so he takes her hunting with him, a special day for the two of them, inspired perhaps by her yearning for a hunting shirt she'd seen in a store window. But she is a little frightened by this stranger with a gun, a hunter, by the potential for violence she senses in him. In the most moving exchange she asks him if he's ever scared and he confesses that when he was away in the war he was; but now he is not afraid, he's the pillar of strength that his daughter can rely on. He understands her fears, however. And so, though he explains to her the necessity of killing the crows to protect the crops and addresses her concerns about the baby crows (long grown up and forgotten by their parents), he still refrains from shooting them that day.

The ending only seems anticlimactic if you've missed the undercurrents of emotion that make his restraint a remarkable gift to his daughter. The story shows how he's been desensitized from violence by the war and how she re-sensitizes him. It is deep and momentous, a shift from being a man of war to a man of peace. A poignant
moment in which the daughter becomes her father's teacher.

The book is full of warmth and humor. The joke the father and daughter share when the waitress mistakes her for a boy, the variety of other calls they make for each other: a cow call (moo), a bear call (grrr)... a giraffe call (no noise, just an outstretched neck). The illustration shows the father stretching out his neck with a hilarious giraffe expression on his face.

The story is beautiful enough to stand on its own; but the gorgeous illustrations, inspired by Andrew Wyeth, tel a story all on their own, could stand without the text. They create setting and a mood, dark somber autumnal; but also wonderful characterization. The interchanges between the father and daughter, the subtle expressions on their faces that reveal humor, fear, trust are conversations in themselves that need no words.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book Nov. 7 2009
By JK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Crow Call will join the ranks of the Each-of-Our-Children-Must-Have-a-Copy-of-This books, that include such treasures as When Jessie Came Across the Sea, An Orange for Frankie, and The Yellow Star (an incident by the way which our son's Danish Grandmother-in-Law remembers and says IS a true story). My sisters will also be touched by the copies I am giving them at Christmas, as we lost our "war dad" in the springtime. A beautiful book for both the eyes and the soul!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Oct. 13 2009
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lois Lowry is one of only two children's authors to ever win two Newbery Medals. Her Giver trilogy (Giver, Messenger and Gathering Blue) is used in school curriculums all over North America. This new story is wonderfully told and amazingly illustrated. The artwork is vivid and realistic, almost a cross between Norman Rockwell and Alex Colville. The story is that of a young girl out for the day with her father, a father she doesn't really know, for he has just returned from the war. They have gone to hunt crows that are eating the crops. The story is about parents and children getting to know each other. In that sense it is truly universal, which is the best kind of story. Lowry shares in the afterward that this is a true story; it happened to her. This is an amazing book and can be shared with many.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book -- story and illustrations June 27 2014
By Charlie Chaplin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lois Lowry is one of my favorite authors, and her story here is wonderful. The pleasant surprise is how beautiful the illustrations are to perfectly accompany such a sweet time between father and daughter. The illustrator likes Andrew Wyeth, and it is apparent in the fantastic, quiet illustrations. Having grown up with a father much like this one -- a WWII vet, too, it brought back some good memories for me of spending valuable time with him. We even had a similar hunting trip together, though we knew each other very well. My father was there with me all through my childhood. In this story, that wasn't the case (because of the war), and they gently learn to get to know and really enjoy each other, thankfully making up for lost time. A heart-touching telling of a realistic blooming of rapport between a child and a beloved parent.
5.0 out of 5 stars A father and daughter get to know one another again Sept. 28 2013
By Inhabiting Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Liz is going hunting for crows with her stranger father who just returned from the war. It is the story of a little girl and her father connecting in a real way, which resonates with all children (and their parents). It is based on the true experiences of the author. My girls loved this story. They could relate because their daddy takes them on daddy-daughter dates all the time, and they love that connection time with him.

A beautiful pairing of art to story. The colors work so well for the hesitancy and awkwardness that both of the characters may be feeling, as well as the time period in which the story is set. And the facial expressions are wonderful. The illustrations feel so hopeful, which captures the essence of the story perfectly.
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