Crow Call

Monday, June 8, 2015

Crow Call 
by Lois Lowry
★★★★★

Occasionally there are children's books that just hit a sweet spot. This one was such a treat and it's hard to even explain why. There are gorgeous illustrations, (like the one below), and a story that's based a the author's real life experiences, but there's no overarching lesson to be learned. 

A young girl heads out one morning with her father who has recently returned from World War II. Clad in a big flannel shirt with blonde pigtails,the girl is going crow hunting with her Dad. They stop at a diner for some breakfast and each scene gives us a little more insight into their dynamic.
There's something about the girl that just reminded me of myself when I was little. That tomboyish streak, the desire to be out in nature, I just loved it. Each illustration gave an added layer of depth to the story. They represent the budding relationship between the father and daughter, the understanding the find with few words, etc. 

I had the opportunity to hear the author, Lois Lowry, speak in 2010. I grew up adoring her books, The Giver and Number the Stars. She spoke about her life and this was one of the books she discussed. She said this happened to her and she'd always wanted to tell the story in some way. I think she certainly did it justice.

Image from Crow Call

2 comments:

Corinne said...

I used to love this writer's books! I'm adding this one to my TBR. xx

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Corinne - I did too. Number the Stars and The Giver were favorites of mine when I was growing up.