A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Spending time together helps bring the young girl and her father closer together.
Positive Role Models
The father is tender and thoughtful with his daughter. He shows that he appreciates her, values her opinions, and enjoys letting her be her own person.
Violence & Scariness
The father goes out with a gun meaning to shoot birds but doesn't use it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this story, based on one from the author's own life, is of a father-daughter hunting trip. Though the father carries a rifle, he does not use it. All of the hunting is done by the little girl and her crow call. Though the story finishes on a happy note, the ending is a bit unusual
and may be confusing to younger children. So, though the book itself is
aimed at a 4- to 8-year-old audience, it seems more appropriate for
kids in the older part of that range.
Is It Any Good?
The tenderness of this story will have special appeal to someone whose parent has been away for a while, though all readers will find it touching. The story is based on one from acclaimed author Lois Lowry's own life, and its sentiments seem very real. The author does a masterful job of showing the development of the father-daughter relationship throughout the day, as through each small step they get closer and closer. And, the artwork does a spectacular job of bringing a nostalgic tone to the pages as well as showing the changing emotions.
Using watercolor and acryl-gouache on paper, the artist has created nostalgic golden-gray scenes that look friendly and somewhat reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth paintings. In fact, he has dedicated his work to Wyeth, which seems quite appropriate. The full two-page spreads of the father and daughter walking through the woods on a slightly overcast and misty morning are especially breathtaking in their silence and sensitivity.
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