School Library JournalGr 2-4-A heartwarming story about a lonely child who makes a new friend. Goolam-Habib, five, "`lost his voice the night the forest burned down'" and no longer communicates verbally. One day, seeking shelter from the rain, he goes inside a shed where an old man is making a scarecrow for his strawberry field. Eventually, Goolam-Habib assists Saul in making a whole family of ``strawberry people.'' Their friendship is cemented when the boy breaks through his silence and tells the man his name. The text moves along quite nicely. References to a mimosa tree, weaverbirds' nests, and a vlei will prompt curiosity about the story's setting. Dooling's realistic, full-color oil paintings, done in soft earth tones, vividly accent the text. They are strong, positive representations of life in rural southern Africa. An evocative multicutural offering that also deals with the sensitive subject of trauma and elective mutism.-Jos N. Holman, University Heights Public Library, Mansfield, OH
- Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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- Product dimensions:
- 1.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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Straw Sense based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a fantastic book, especially for the silent child. This is a book about a silent child sent with a responsibility who observes a man quietly and is increasingly, but not actively invited into the process of making scarecrows and other straw figures. A must for teachers trying to engage children who are reticent or slow to warm.