The Scarecrow's Danceby Jane Yolen, Bagram Ibatoulline
Jane Yolen introduces us to the fickle scarecrow, who decides to leave his station and dance away the fall night. He leaps through the fields until he reaches the farmhouse, where he sees a small light in the window. Inside, a boy is saying his prayers, and he offers up a special prayer for the corn that will be harvested in the morning. Humbled, the scarecrow
Jane Yolen introduces us to the fickle scarecrow, who decides to leave his station and dance away the fall night. He leaps through the fields until he reaches the farmhouse, where he sees a small light in the window. Inside, a boy is saying his prayers, and he offers up a special prayer for the corn that will be harvested in the morning. Humbled, the scarecrow knows what he has to do: He returns to the field and watches over the corn as only he can. Masterfully told, with illustrations by award winner Bagram Ibatoulline, this book has all the makings of a new classic.
Meet the Author
Jane Yolen has written more than 250 books, including How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She has won the Christopher Medal and the Golden Kite Award, among other honors. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and a number of other picture books. Born in Russia, he now lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.
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I work in a Children's Department at Barnes & Noble, and when this book appeared on my shelving cart, I literally gasped at how beautiful it is - and then, when I saw who the writer and illustrator were, I actually hugged the book! It is a wonderful, unexpected collaboration between one of my favorite read-aloud authors Jane Yolen, whose earlier books I've read at Storytime with great response from the kids, and Bagram Ibatoulline, who illustrated another one of my favorite picture books, Kate diCamillo's moving Christmas story "Great Joy." Yolen's story truly makes the scarecrow come alive, and Ibatoulline's illustrations are breathtaking. "The Scarecrow's Dance" will definitely be on my Storytime list for October, and I also am buying a copy to decorate my bookshelf at home.
I got this book for my daughter at our local library. The story was kind of mediocre...the only thing beautiful about the book is the art. It's sad when you pickup a book because the art is awesome, but you are let down by an uninteresting story. This book only works if your child really likes scarecrows or is religious (the story has a boy who prays about the scarecrow).
A thought provoking story with beautiful pictures--great book for all ages.