Crow Call Hardcover – Oct 1 2009
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
Lizzie and her father stopped off at the diner before heading off to their hunting expedition. She was a little less tentative now and because he had been gone off to war so long they had to get to know one another again. He asked her what her favorite thing to eat was and before you know it, there were two pieces of cherry pie before her. The waitress thought she was a boy because her braids were tucked in the special shirt, but her Daddy knew. Soon they were in the dusky forest walking a path between the leafless trees. It was almost time to use the crow call, but Lizzie was anxious to find out more about this long absent father. Would Lizzie rediscover the love in her heart she once had for this man she hesitated to call Daddy?
This is a beautifully told tale about a father and daughter, once separated by war, who needed to learn to love each other again. When I read the story the apprehension that Lizzie felt was almost palpable. For children who are separated from their parents and later reunited, it can be a stressful feeling. I loved the little connections in the story that Lizzie's Daddy made with her. Each one showed this little girl that he really knew who she was and loved her dearly. According to the author "The details of this story are true." The stunning artwork meshes perfectly with this story. It is a heartwarming tale that any child or parent who have been separated from one another can relate to.
On a morning soon after his return, her father takes her out for a daddy-daughter getting-to-know-you time, including cherry pie for breakfast at a rural diner. Dad must ask his young daughter what her favorite food is. He doesn't know, but he wants to learn about her. On a hike through the winter woods, there is no hugging, no dad's arm resting on little daughter's shoulders. The relationship is still too new, and a little tentative.
With spare prose and kindness, Newbery winner Lois Lowry leads us through the tender, awkward experience of getting to know someone you had once loved. Illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane) matches Lowry's tone with lean, angular trees and stark outlines of black crows against the winter sky. The underlying tenderness of both father and daughter's feelings toward each other is portrayed in their soft, lifelike portraits; they've been thrust into this awkward, cold winter woods of life, and are hoping to break through and find each other again. In the end, they reach out, and hold hands on the return path through the woods.
The illustrations, reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth, are a perfect match for the hopeful and loving story. Hurry and buy this book today. You won't find another treasure like this for a long time.