Little Black Crow
Atheneum, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
eeing a little black crow perched on a tree limb elicits a barrage of questions from the child featured in this picture book. The boy begins with simple questions, '
Little black crow where do you go?
' and '
Little black crow, where do you fly in the stormy sky?
ut as you move further into the book the questions become more complex and searching. '
Little black crow in that tall tree, are you a boy like me? With a sister and a brother and a father and a mother?
hen the child asks, '
Do you ever worry when you hop and you hurry? Are you ever afraid of mistakes you've made? Are you never afraid?
' The rhetorical questions are never answered, but they do capture the child's sense of wonder, curiosity and even a little trepidation about the world in which he lives. And, on the final page, the closing question turns the tables a bit when the boy asks if the crow might '
ever wonder about someone like me?
he rhyming language and the simple, yet eye-catching, minimalist art work of Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka make this a volume that children three to four years of age and older will find captivating. Sometimes the questions are far more important than the answers. The wide-eyed sense of wonder that this child's questions show indicate there's a lot going on in his youthful mind.
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