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Otis and the Scarecrow

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Tractor reaches out to silent friend in tale of empathy.

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OTIS AND THE SCARECROW is a quiet, gentle story, beautifully illustrated in gouache and pencil, with autumn scenes full of pumpkins and cornstalks in a mainly orange, tan, black, and white palette. Kids may learn empathy from watching a friendly Otis reach out to an outsider and may find something to relate to from their own classroom and playground experiences. But the subdued pace and lack of action may not be every kid's cup of tea.

Teachers could easily use this story to teach a lesson about empathy for those who, for whatever reason, are nonverbal or don't feel comfortable talking or joining in with the group.

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