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Parents' Guide to

Crow Call

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Tender father-daughter tale is best for school-aged kids.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

A book with an identity crisis

Althought the story fits with an older age group, the format fits with a younger. In the end, I found that no one wanted to read it. Although it was recommended for my 8 year old, the book is in the children's section and recommended by Chapters for ages 3-5. My 8 year old would be insulted that I didn't buy her a chapter book. I'm sure it's very good, but it seems conflicted that the format is for 3-5 year olds, but CommonSense puts it at 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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