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Crow Call Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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About the Author
Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. He has illustrated many books for children, including THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO by Russell Freedman, and CROW CALL by Lois Lowry. Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful story for teaching young kids how to use description in their writing. A wonderful story.Published 7 months ago by Suzanne
Loved this book. I didn't know Ms. Lowry wrote picture books!Published 14 months ago by Debra Simmons
Liz is going hunting for crows with her stranger father who just returned from the war. It is the story of a little girl and her father connecting in a real way, which resonates... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Wonderful tale/semi autobiographical about her and her father...great intro duction for me for my high schoolers into the WWII unit we will be doing soon.Published on January 8, 2013 by Leigh Rooke
Beautifully written and illustrated with a heartwarming storyline! I used this as a mentor text for my personal narrative unit!!Published on November 18, 2012 by Mary Anne Kenyon
I love the tender way that the father, who has been away, reconnects with his daughter. His sensitivity to his daughter's feelings reminds me of my own father. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Heidi Grange
This beautifully told, beautifully illustrated story about a father and daughter tenuously and awkwardly striving to reconnect resonates with me deeply. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Shelley Johannes
This book is almost too beautiful for words, and that is what it conveys so well. It conveys the many things we say to the people we love without actually saying them. Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Cassiopeia