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Crow Call

By:  Lois Lowry Illustrator: Julia Fein
Paperback Book
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  • Item #: NTS528674
  • ISBN13: 9780545286749
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 32
  • Genre:
    Historical Fiction
  • Weston Woods ID: PB879
  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Lexile® Measure: AD750L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level P
  • DRA Level: 34-38
  • ACR Level: 3.8


Lois Lowry makes her picture book debut with a powerful story drawn from her own childhood.
Dad has been away fighting in World War II for longer than Liz can remember, and now they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, tender conversation, and the crow call. One of Liz's favorite memories of her father is the day they passed the window of Kronenberg's department store. Daddy had brought her a very special gift, something warm and wonderful to remember him by. A gift she would never outgrow. Now Daddy is back from the war, and his gift is perfect, as the two of them set out together on a cold autumn morning - first to town, where they share a special slice of cherry pie, then to the gray-green hills of the Pennsylvania farmlands, where they beckon crows from the quiet sky.
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. Lois Lowry pairs with acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline to deliver a timeless story about the power of a very special relationship.


Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

ALA Notable Book

"Julia Fein convincingly narrates (this) poignant tale…Music by Ernest Troost gently augments th story's tone…this timeless, powerful story will resonate with a broad audience." - School Library Journal
"Julia Fein's voice is gentle and pure--perfect for a girl on a great expedition." - ALA Notable Video Committee
"…sensitively read by teenager (Julia) Fein, who is adept at picking up Lizzie's feelings…Ambient background sounds…add richness to this quiet but powerful story." - Booklist
"…this timeless, powerful story will resonate with a broad audience." - School Library Journal

Crow Call

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