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Starshine and Sunglow

Starshine and Sunglow

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by Betty Levin, Jos. A. Smith

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Ben, Kate, and Foster create two super scarecrows to protect Mrs. Flint's corn crop from the animals that feed on it, but soon the scarecrows seem to take on a life of their own.


Ben, Kate, and Foster create two super scarecrows to protect Mrs. Flint's corn crop from the animals that feed on it, but soon the scarecrows seem to take on a life of their own.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-For as long as Ben, Kate, and Foster can remember, the Flints, on the farm down the road, have grown sweet corn for the whole neighborhood, including the various critters who raid the fields. When they decide that their efforts are just not worth the battles with the birds and raccoons, who seem to be taking more than their share, the children get organized. Levin's uncomplicated story line proceeds chronologically across one growing season and focuses on the attempts to save the crop. Although adults become involved, they, with the exception of mysterious Mr. Torpor, are of marginal importance. Accurate information about the challenges of farming are woven into the plot. The three young characters are developed well through dialogue and actions, with a minimum of background narration. Early in the story, two scarecrows, Starshine and Sunglow, fashioned from an old mop and useless broom, take on lives of their own, moving mysteriously to various locations in the field. As the task of saving the corn becomes more complicated, the children resort to increasingly complicated solutions. The battle with the raccoons is the funniest, involving a mesmerizing television set. All of this summer activity attracts the attention of Sunday drivers, draws the community closer together, and gives the youngsters a great sense of accomplishment. The story is low-key, moving along, for the most part, at a steady, largely undramatic pace.-Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
Carolyn Phelan
With the birds and raccoons raiding their corn each year, Mr. and Mrs. Flint decide to give up growing the little crop they used to sell at the market and share with their neighbors. Led by three children, the neighbors on Flint Farm Road decide to fight off the critters and save the crop, if only the Flints will plant their favorite varieties: "Butter and Sugar. Peaches and Cream. Sunglow. Miracle. Starshine. Stardust. Golden Bantam. Honey and Pearl." The children help plant the seed, then dress two scarecrows with tattered clothes and rags. Week by week, the two figures take on a life of their own, dressed and redressed by the neighbors in outfits to accommodate their courtship, marriage, pregnancy, and parenthood. As the children work for the corn, they get to know their older neighbors--their ways, their quirks, their secrets, and their droll humor and good sense. Levin's fine balance of wit and lyricism give the writing a special quality. Quiet in its development, the book is nevertheless full of life, seen and unseen. Like the corn, it has roots as well as shoots.

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Meet the Author

Betty Levin is the author of many popular books for young people, including The Banished; Look Back, Moss; Away to Me, Moss; Island Bound; Fire in the Wind; and The Trouble with Gramary. Betty Levin has a sheep farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where she also raises and trains sheepdogs. In Her Own Words...

"I started writing stories almost as soon as I began to read. They were derivative and predictable-as much a way of revisiting characters and places in books I loved as it was a means of self-expression. I don't remember when words and their use became important. In the beginning was the story, and for a long time it was all that mattered.

"Even though I always wrote, I imagined becoming an explorer or an animal trainer. This was long before I had to be gainfully employed. It wasn't until after I'd landed in the workplace, first in museum research and then in teaching, that I returned to story writing-this time for my young children. Then a fellowship in creative writing at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College gave me and my storymaking a chance. One affirmation led to another, and now there are books-and some readers.

"When I talk with children in schools and libraries, I realize that child readers are still out there. When they get excited about a character or a scene, a new dimension opens for them, a new way of seeing and feeling and understanding.

"Of course there is always one child who asks how it feels to be famous and to be recognized in supermarkets. I explain that the only people who recognize me are those who have seen me working my sheep dogs or selling my wool at sheep fairs. That response often prompts another query: Why write books if they don't make you rich and famous? I usually toss that question back at the children. Why do they invent stories? How does story writing make them feel?

"Eventually we explore the distinction between wanting to be a writer and needing to write. If we want to write, then we must and will. Whether or not we become published authors, we all have tales to tell and stories to share. Literature can only continue to grow from the roots of our collective experience if children understand that they are born creative and that all humans are myth users and storytellers."

Jos. A. Smith, illustrator of Hurry! by Jessie Haas, Ogres! Ogres! Ogres!: A Feasting Frenzy from A to Z by Nicholas Heller, and A Creepy Countdown by Charlotte Huck, lives in New York City.

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Starshine and Sunglow 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S-sunglow? Wh r did u go?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No luke no baby please no dont put this on my concious luke please i need you please ik im late but no baby dont leave me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gotta quit rp. Sry. :( ~Rainstorm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I suppose an alliance with hollyclan and thunderclan to stop bloodclan
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Kicks snow angrily
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Sat under the great tree
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Gold looked around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stands up and flew up to her den. She took a loooooong nap. U guys shud b mor actv!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yawns even wider.
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