The Scarecrow’s Dance

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n292542Sometimes books speak to us and other times, they are softspoken. The Scarecrow’s Dance by Jane Yolen is a contemplative story about a free-spirited scarecrow who sets out on a journey through a sea of corn. The scarecrow whimsically wanders the fields until he sees a small boy saying a prayer protecting each member of the farm. Moved and inspired by the boy’s heartfelt wishes, the scarecrow returns to his post with a rejuvenated sense of purpose. The Scarecrow’s Dance is spectacularly illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, capturing the subtle and supernatural spirit of Autumn. Ibatoulline uses honey colored hues that bleed into the Wyeth-esque expanse of the fields. Yolen’s twilight lyricism and Ibtaloulline’s earthen imagery reflect the serene shift of harvest and the internal sense of self.

Reading level:
Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
ISBN-10: 1416937706

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Written by corvusblue

September 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

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