According to PW, "Newbery Medalist Rylant lyrically imagines the scarecrow as a grateful `witness to life,' while the acrylic paintings evoke a warm, even nostalgic sense of plenty." Ages 6-9.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?More meditation than story, this picture book examines what one might call the essence of the scarecrow. It's an appreciation of silence, of patience, and of the beauty and changeable quality of the natural world. Rylant uses casual, conversational language with simple elegance and pleasing rhythms: "His hat is borrowed, his suit is borrowed, his hands are borrowed, even his head is borrowed. And his eyes probably came out of someone's drawer." An occasional tendency toward vagueness is evident as well; e.g., "It takes a certain peace, hanging around a garden" is followed some pages later by, "There is a certain wonder going on around him." Stringer's acrylic paintings are magnificent, with color and light as beautiful as those found in the type of bucolic world depicted here. The scarecrow is seen from above, behind, below, and every which way. These dynamic perspectives make an interesting contrast to his unwavering, peaceful expression. Overall, this is a lovely, gentle book that may appeal more to sentimental adults than to children.?Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Very sweet story. Cynthia Rylant is a fabulous author. I love her books . We used this one in the fall with second grade and they enjoyed the story.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book because I had purchased other scarecrow books. My students enjoyed the other scarecrow book, The Scarecrow's Hat, much better than this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SD Teacher
My 2.5 year old loves this book - he may not get the whole underlying meaning but he likes the pictures, seeing the mice, flowers and rain. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J Decks
We are old friends of Cynthia Rylant's work -- her "Henry and Mudge" early readers left us in stitches, and we all love "Poppleton. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by M. Heiss
I really enjoy reading this book to my students. They love the illustrations and Cynthia's writing is really cute. Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by advid_reader