Crow & Snow by Robert Broder, illustrations by Olivier Tallec. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534445956, 2020
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a special story of how two very different characters become best of friends. The story begins with Crow (a scarecrow) being placed in a vast field by a farmer. All day long Crow spends his time guarding the crops as they grow during the summer months. This is a very lonely job and Crow is desperate for a friend. He says “Hello” to a passing tractor, but gets no response. Time passes and summer turns to fall and soon winter. Small flakes of snow start to fall on Crow in the barren field. One day, the farmer’s children come out to play in the snow and create a snowman right next to Crow. Crow introduces himself and he learns this new addition to the field is named Snow. This delights Crow because now he has a new friend. Crow and Snow enjoy the winter together, but then the seasons change and Snow slowly melts. At first, Crow and Snow see each other every winter, but as the years pass, they do not see each other as much (a sign that the farmer’s children have grown up). Many years pass until one day a new group of children comes to the field, makes a snowman, and Snow has returned. Crow has missed his friend so much that he doe not waste any time telling him how much he values his friendship. The two best friends are together again — for now!
The illustrations in the story really provide personality to both Crow and Snow. Both Crow and Snow smile and frown based on their emotions and simple arm movements show confusion, frustration, happiness, and displeasure. I also love how the book conveys how one corn field can look very different as the seasons pass.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of two and five years old. I would especially recommend it for children who have either moved or live far away from friends or family. It is a great way of showing how friendships can last through time and distance.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and five.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, this book is a great tool for opening conversations about friendships, especially about two friends who are very different.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: November 14, 2020