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PreSchool-Grade 1–Despite the pairing of formidable talents, this book will likely have a limited audience. The purposeful plot is driven by its message: a scarecrow that experiences the freedom of a wind-blown night decides to return to his post (literally) after witnessing the farm boy on his knees, praying for the straw man's success in guarding the crops. There is little action, except for the protagonist breezing along past a dimly lit tractor, weathered barn, and cows at rest. Each of Ibatoulline's gouache and watercolor scenes is technically brilliant and atmospheric, but there is a disconnect with the sequencing and passage of time. Opening pages depict the corn silhouetted against a sky that is pink at the horizon and hazy blue on the upper borders of the spreads (twilight?). Subsequent spreads are a mixture of deeper blues, then a return to pink light, a misty gray, rose again, and finally almost turquoise; the effect is disconcerting. The sentimentality climaxes when the scarecrow peers through the darkness into the boy's bedroom, which is drenched in an orange glow. Yolen's unremarkable poetry reads: The scarecrow heard/With painted ears,/And wept a pail/Of painted tears. Adults may find this story of faith and duty uplifting, but kids will prefer the nocturnal farm adventures found in Bill Martin and John Archambault's Barn Dance! (Holt, 1986).–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Jane Yolen has written more than 250 books, including How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She has won the Christopher Medal and the Golden Kite Award, among other honors. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and a number of other picture books. Born in Russia, he now lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.
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What a beautiful book this is! Jane Yolen tells a beautiful story of a scarecrow who wants to be free, until he discovers how important he is as a scarecrow. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. T. Dixon
I love Jane Yolen's writing. But this is by far my favorite book- full of beautiful language! It touches your heart and your mind.Published 8 months ago by Celeste Nava
This very short story, beautifully illustrated tale about a scarecrow who accidentally wins his freedom from guarding corn but ultimately returns to his post (no pun intended). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
great story and plan to use it for sunday school as well!
I love this for fall and the picturea are so beautiful.
Got this for my grandson and he really enjoys it! So it was a good buy and we're all happy with it.Published on January 8, 2013 by Anatolian
We got this book from the library and now I want to own it. I'm pretty sure it made me cry the first time I read it to my kids. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Sara K in Arizona
Beautifully written and illustrated. It is more beautiful with every read. Although the book starts off a bit slow it has a very powerful turnaround that propels the reader to... Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by T G