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Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Crow Call

by Lois Lowry

Other authors: Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

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Liz is spending the day with her dad that she hasn't seen in a long time. Her dad was in the war and just got home. So Liz is up bright and early going hunting with her father. They have a great bonding time while her oldest sister decides to sit home and wait. ( )
  acreel | Sep 14, 2014 |
After reading the beginning pages of this picture book, I knew that this book would be good and it was. Lowry had written this book on her own childhood experience. The girl in the story finally gets to spend time with her dad after his return from war. They are going to go hunting. I really enjoyed how Lowry used the flash back because flash backs nearly always make you know more about the books characters. The bonding experience is also very good and it makes you really feel like you care about the father and daughter. In the end, the book really made me look back at my own childhood and the bonding I spent with my mom. ( )
  Remy_Ferrell | Sep 13, 2014 |
Crow Call is a true story of the author, Louis Lowry, and her father. Liz, as Louis calls herself in the story, and her father go on a special bonding trip. They start by waking up early and then going to get breakfast, and then venture out to go hunting in the woods. Before going hunting, Liz is very hesitant with her father and even refers to him as a stranger, due to the fact that he has just returned from fighting in World War II. Despite this, Liz and her father are able to get to know each other a little better; they are able to do this through Liz asking questions about the crows they are supposed to be hunting. When they are hunting the crows and Liz gets to blow the crow whistle, she loves to see the crows fly and circle around her. Since the crows bring such joy to Liz, her father cannot bear to shoot them and this allows them to bond even more. This story is about connections, Liz and her father are distant at first but through the hunting trip they bond and get to know each other better. ( )
  SMLawrence | Sep 9, 2014 |
Crow Call is the touching story of Lois Lowry's own personal bonding experience with her father after he returned home from the war. Lois's father purchases her a hunting flannel and takes her hunting, telling her that she is to master the art of the crow call. Little Lois begins by being afraid, mostly of her father for being the "hunter," but then finds joy in beckoning the crows to her, while her father takes joy in her delight. This book is an excellent frame into the history of Lois Lowry. ( )
  ksager | Sep 4, 2014 |
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Genre- Fiction
Crow call is a story of a young girl who goes on a hunting trip with her father. She has not seen her father in a while because he was off fighting the war. This father-daughter bonding story is great and an very good book that has social issue of absent father due to them being in the service.
  reyesjaramillo61 | Sep 3, 2014 |
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Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature)
The story opens with a young girl heading out on a hunting trip with a father she has not seen for some time. He has been off fighting a war and now he is home. Previously when in town, Lizzie had spied a hunting shirt in a store window. It was a beautiful rainbow plaid, but way to big for such a young girl. No matter, her father made the purchase noting that she would never outgrow the shirt. They stop at a diner and have cherry pie for breakfast--Lizzie’s favorite thing to eat. They discuss the war and his fears--as well as her fears, in particular going hunting. They discuss the cycle of life and how crows eat the crops to survive. In spite of that Lizzie just doesn’t have it in her heart to hunt them. She uses her crow call and they flock to her and surround her. Lizzie says “They think I’m their friend!” Her father refrains from shooting the crows and leaves that for another day or another hunter. Today, he and his daughter walk hand--in-hand and head back home. The illustration by Ibatoulline are evocative of a frosty autumn morning--soft browns with a sky that is just beginning to light up. The trees bare of leaves and mist rising from the hills add a sense of mystery and fear as the two wait to see if the crows will respond to Lizzie’s call. They are a perfect match for the story. Lowry’s story will resonate today as it did back in 1945 when she went through the experience of reacquainting herself with a father who had recently returned from World War II. Today’s children are separated not only from fathers but mothers who head off to places like Afghanistan and Iraq, risking their lives and then having to come home and try to re-establish relationships with family and life in general. As Lois Lowry says on the closing page “And so this story is not really just my story, but everyone’s.” 2009, Scholastic, $16.99. Ages 7 up.
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Ilene Cooper (Booklist, Oct. 15, 2009 (Vol. 106, No. 4))
Starred Review* Drawing on a childhood memory, Lowry offers a story where the specific becomes universal. Lizzie’s father is back from the war, and to her, he is almost a stranger. He doesn’t even know how much she loves cherry pie. But he does understand when she picks out an unconventional adult-size hunting shirt, which at least she won’t outgrow. One cold morning, Lizzie dons her shirt and goes out with Daddy to hunt crows. Crows eat crops; of that there’s no doubt. Daddy has his shotgun. He’s given Lizzie a crow call so she can gather the birds together in the trees. In a subtle dialogue, Lizzie says things without saying the big thing on her mind: “I wish the crows didn’t eat the crops. . . . They might have babies to take care of.” Not wanting to disappoint her father, Lizzie calls the birds until they fill the sky, and then, after a breathless moment, her father, not wanting to disappoint Lizzie, takes her home. Each frame of the story is captured like an old-time movie in Ibatoulline’s tender watercolor and acrylic gouache artwork. Particularly effective is the double-page spread in which father and daughter walk among the leafless trees on that chilly autumn day, when their “words seemed etched and breakable on the brittle stillness.” In the end, words aren’t needed after all. Grades K-3
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545030358, Hardcover)

Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry has crafted a beautiful picture book about the power of longing and the importance of reconnection between a girl and her father in post-WWII America.

This is the story of young Liz, her father, and their strained relationship. Dad has been away at WWII for longer than she can remember, and they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, cherry pie, tender conversation, and the crow call. This allegorical story shows how, like the birds gathering above, the relationship between the girl and her father is graced with the chance to fly.

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Nine-year-old Liz accompanies the stranger who is her father, just returned from the war, when he goes hunting for crows in Pennsylvania farmland.

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