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Black Crow, Black Crow Hardcover – April 26, 1991

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Guy makes her picture book debut with this modest yet engaging tale, presented as a conversation with a crow. "Black crow, black crow, / what do you caw about? / What do you jaw about / high in your tree?" ask the book's opening lines. To this and subsequent questions, the mother crow responds that she awakens, feeds and plays with her two children throughout the day. Parker ( Paul Revere's Ride ; Bugs ) anthropomorphizes the crow family with inventive details: " high in the leaves, " the little ones sleep under quilts in twin beds and eat cereal from decorative pottery bowls on a tablecloth-covered table. Kerchief on head, mother hangs on to the straps of one child's overalls as they fly. The simplicity and repetition of Guy's text--and its large print--makes this a prime pick for beginning readers. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-- "Black crow, Black crow, what do you caw about? What do you jaw about . . . ?" asks a little girl from her bed; the crow answers with a chants such as "I wake up my children,/ my small sleeping children." Parker's illustrations are somewhat static, and the girl looks more like a posed doll than a real person, but the spreads of the crows--mother in a kerchief and children in overalls--add interest and mild humor. Not much happens, but the repetitive call-and-response text and simple, flat pictures will appeal to the younger picture book audience. An acceptable, but not necessary, purchase. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow; 1st edition (April 26, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688089569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688089566
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,777,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ginger Foglesong Gibson is the author of the popular bilingual books ¡Fiesta!, Siesta, and ¡Bravo! She grew up in Mexico, Arizona, Switzerland, and Costa Rica and received her B.S. degree in early childhood education from the University of Virginia. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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By Ana Lado on February 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This poetic text is ideal for beginner ELLs. They can read it aloud to develop fluency. It has poetic devices, patterned phrases, and repetition. The topic is easy to comprehend. Beginners find it easy to reread, chant, sing, and recite.
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