Publisher: Scholastic Press (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.
I had tried to get Jordan to read this one a few times on her own, but she kept telling me there were too many words (hmm, not sure about that one, lol). So one day, we sat down and I read this book to her. What I found in Crow Call was a lovely, heart-touching story
Liz set's off to spend the day with her Dad, who has just returned from the war. My guess from the author's note is that it's World War 2, but I think what's going through Liz's mind, the reconnection with her father after so many years away, is still felt by many families today with mothers and fathers away fighting wars, even now. Liz seems a bit shy at first, getting to know her Dad again but quickly warms to him through some silly circumstances.
The illustrations in the book are in muted tones which very much goes along with the feel of the story. There's a certain frozen in time quality that gives it an ageless feel. There's a bit of sadness that you feel as you realize these days have probably happened to all of us but then as we grow older, we lose sight of them. It is lovely that Lois Lowry remembered this one and shared it with us.
Crow Call is a sweet peek into a memory of a special day. It's a beautiful book for all ages.
Jackie & Jordan