Crow & Snow

S. & S. Oct. 2020. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534445956.
Gr 1-2–A lonely white scarecrow spends his days alone in his cornfield, until the snow starts; then the farmer’s children build a snowman next to the scarecrow, and the friendship of Snow and Crow begins. As the seasons pass, Crow looks forward to seeing his friend. Each Winter, Crow and Snow are steadfast companions until the time comes when the now grown children do not show up, and Snow is not rebuilt. Crow misses his friend and the opportunity to tell him how he feels. Eventually, new children arrive and, to Crow’s delight, Snow is back. Crow has his chance: “‘I love you.’ ‘I love you, too,’ said Snow. Crow and Snow stood side by side. They were happy.” Broder’s somewhat flat text is matched by Tallec’s wonderful, dynamic acrylic and pencil illustrations. Using various points of view and spot-on details, Tallec gives life to Snow, Crow and the landscape while keeping the story moving.
VERDICT Purchase as needed; this story of seasonal friendship between a scarecrow and a snowman proves love triumphs all.

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