Module 6: Crow Call

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Book Summary:  The story begins with a girl telling her story of the early morning.  She talks about not seeing her dad for a long time because he has been away at war.  Their relationship is strained but it soon grows deep when he takes her out to hunt.  He puts her in charge of the crow call.  Before they go hunting her dad takes her to go shopping for a shirt and takes her out to eat at a diner.  Their relationship grows with time and during the day with they spend it with each other.  As they walk through the woods to search for the crows they bond with each other.  They have a discussion about being afraid of certain things and they bond by searching for crows and have different  conversation.  The little girl soon learns more about her dad and learns how to crow call.  She is not afraid anymore calling the crow and proud of her accomplishment at the end.

Lowry, L.  (2009).  Crow Call.  New York, NY:  Scholastic Press.

Impressions:  In the beginning of the book it was confusing over what the girl was talking about.  She did not mention that her dad was in the war or military.  When they went to buy a shirt the writer explains how her dad has been out at war and she has not seen him in a while.  The emotional part for me was when she told her father that she missed him when he was away.  It hit a sensitive spot for me because it dealt with military families.  The bond between her and her father was growing by spending time with each other.  I was familiar with the bond because of my father.  The book had realistic illustrations that looked 3D.  The patterns of the book look rugged and help tell the story of the young girl traveling with her dad into the woods.  The composition of the artwork balance the contrast of the people drawn in the book.

Professional Use:

Stevenson, D.  (2005, January).  Crow Call (review)

[Review of the book Crow Call, by L.L].

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 63(5), 337.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v063/63.5.stevenson15.html

“Though the format is that of a picture book, the text is a thoughtful short story, depending on reader comfort with sophisticated vocabulary and willingness to read for implication. That’s a bit of a tall order unaided, and even then the payoff is a little slight; what the story’s best at is evoking the tentative but genuinely affectionate camaraderie of a father and daughter together on their own special outing. The mixed-media art, in subdued autumnal tones, is sometimes stilted in its human portraiture, but it’s got a pleasing period flavor; the outdoor scenes, with the tracery of dark branches and inky crows against the sky, are effective in their treatment of the crisp autumnal landscape. This will probably be best introduced with adult moderation that encourages readers to consider what’s being unsaid as well as what’s being said, but it does offer a sensitive take on a young girl’s complex anxieties about family change.”

Library Use: For this book I would use it with a movie day for the children on a Saturday.  The theme would be about family and the bond of a family gathering or an adventure.  The book would accompany the movie by having a book talk or story time before the movie.  The kids can have a discussion or questions how each of them spend time with their family.  They can discuss how sharing is important and giving to one another.


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