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Little Black Crow
by Chris Raschka
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Seeing 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?'

But 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?'

Then 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?'

The 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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