FICTION

Hello, Crow

Greystone Kids. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771644440.
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K-Gr 3–Franny Featherhead, a whimsical young girl with pitch-black hair and rosy cheeks peppered with freckles, is determined to befriend a crow that she meets while eating lunch atop her favorite rock. The unlikely friendship between the crow and the child develops due to Franny’s messy nature. Readers are first introduced to Franny through the colorful illustrations of a kitchen in disarray with water overflowing from the sink, a toothbrush on the floor, and coffee cups sprinkling down onto the counter. They get a glimpse inside Franny’s mind as she stares, marveling at the wonders of nature outside her window. Lush green trees, vibrantly colored flowers, and the animals that call the world outside their home envelope her as she enjoys her lunch. Unbeknownst to Franny, a dropped crumb leads her to her new friend. The curious crow with feathers as black as night and dark, beady eyes sneaks closer to Franny, until he steals away his prized crumb and flies off. Franny shares her excitement of meeting the crow with her father who quickly discounts the idea of a friendship. Through Franny’s persistence and the occasional crumbs dropped from her lunch, the crow returns, leaving little gifts on her favorite rock each day. One day, a simple moment teaches her father that friends can be found in unlikely places.
VERDICT A verdant and engaging read-aloud, perfect for budding naturalists.

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