Emily and the Crows

Emily and the Crows

by Elaine Greenstein

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Celebrating the power of imagination, this uneven debut features a talking cow, flying pigs and gargantuan vegetables. Ivy notices that her favorite cow, Emily, grazes apart from the herd each day, and is always surrounded by a crowd of cackling crows. When the girl's attempts to understand this curious attraction scare the birds away, she perfects a crow imitation and joins the group unnoticed. She discovers that Emily is a gifted storyteller, spinning tales of winged pigs and mutant crops for an enthusiastic feathered audience. Utilizing a unique watercolor-and-lithograph technique, Greenstein renders highly textured, colorful images. Stylistically reminiscent of Early American artwork, her static figures lack child appeal; their mauves, slate blues and greens impart a decidedly contemporary feel. The execution of this whimsical and original premise is unfortunately marred by spiritless prose and occasionally stiff phrasing. The magic of these fanciful happenings is not fully captured here, and readers may well be unsatisfied at the story's end. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- A cow named Emily tells stories to a group of crows. Eager to share the fun, a little girl practices flapping and cawing until her crow impersonation is perfected and she can successfully infiltrate the group. That night, Ivy surprises her mother with an original bedtime tale, courtesy of Emily. The imaginative illustrations in softly smudged pastel colors are very good. They create feelings of peace, tranquillity, and wide-open spaces. The endpapers are especially attractive. It is unfortunate that the story is slight and forgettable. Greenstein is an illustrator with real talent. Let us hope that the text of her next book will live up to her pictures. --Valerie F. Patterson, Queens Borough Public Library, NY

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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