Monday, November 2, 2015

Book Review: "Crow Made A Friend" by Margaret Peot + GIVEAWAY

Crow Made a Friend Margaret Peot
Published: August 10, 2015
ISBN: 9780823432974
Genre: Children's Literature (Easy Reader/Picture Book)
Source: TLC Book Tours

Try, try again is the lesson Crow teaches beginning readers in this vibrant early reader about a lonely crow who works hard to make a friend.

Crow is all alone. But like all crows, he is very clever. Using autumn leaves for wings, sticks for the body and a crab apple for the head, Crow makes a friend! But winter winds blow in, destroying his creation. Undaunted, Crow fashions another bird friend out of snow but cannot prevent it from melting in the warm spring sun. Alone again, Crow hears the caw, caw, caw of a real, live bird and finally forms a friendship that will last in this warm, satisfying story that celebrates perseverance and ingenuity.

My Thoughts:
I'm always on the lookout for good children's books.  My daughter is what would be considered an "early reader" (she's in the 1st grade and reads above grade level) and my son is a pre-reader.  So, when I came across this book, I thought it might be a good fit for our family.

I gave this to my daughter to read and I have to admit that it was far too easy or her.  This book is designed for readers aged 4-7, and I think it is really aimed more at the 4 end of the spectrum.  However, I did find it to be a good book to read to my son and then talk to him about it as we read it.  In that respect, it is probably a better fit for the for the preschool group.

The story is simple and simply told, which is perfect for an early reader book.  I loved the illustrations--the are simple yet colorful (I know...crows aren't colorful, but they are in this book and that is okay!).  Too often in picture books, the illustrations take over the story...or they are so bland that they don't hold the attention of young readers.  This book, however, balances narration and illustration quite nicely.

While this book isn't a good fit for our family at the moment, I am going to hold onto it until my son begins reading, when I think we will be reading it...over and over again.

About the Author:
Margaret is an artist, writer and costume painter. Margaret has two new books out in 2015, Stencil Craft (F&W) and an early reader picture book, Crow Made a Friend (Holiday House). Margaret’s book Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity (Boyds Mills 2011) was awarded a Eureka! Silver Medal for non-fiction children’s books. She is also the author of The Successful Artist’s Career Guide (F&W 2012), Alternative Art Journals (F&W 2012), and Make Your Mark (Chronicle Books, 2004), voted one of Library Journal’s best how-to books of 2004.

An avid believer that art making can be for everyone, Margaret has presented art workshops with cancer survivors, elders, children, parent and teen groups, writers, nurses and caregivers, at The Creative Center at University Settlement’s Creative Aging conferences, and their Artist-in-Residence Training program, with EngAGE Utah, at Gilda’s Club, The Huntsman Cancer Institute, Operation Exodus in NYC, and at Miami University’s Scripps center with Dr. Like Lokon, and Opening Minds Through Art.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of Crow Made a Friend to give away to one of my readers (US only).  To enter, please use the rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 8.

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