Friday, September 13, 2019

Poetry Friday: The Scarecrow

Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids
is hosting this week's round-up of poetic goodness.
Laura's post celebrates her newest book, "Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle" and includes a chance to win a copy of the book,
a nonfiction rhyming text about animals getting ready for
and surviving winter. Claudine Gervy's lush illustrations
are the perfect accompaniment for Laura's rhyming couplets.
It's dangerous when your local indie bookstore knows your reading preferences so well that they can point you to your next unforgettable read. But that's exactly what happened when I stopped by Island Books this past week and opened to the first page of The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry with gorgeous illustrations by The Fan Brothers (Terry and Eric).
 The first lyrical words captured this lover of fall:
"Autumn sunshine.
Haystacks rolled.
Scarecrow guards the fields of gold."

And so the story unfolds of scarecrow and a special friend. The beautiful language reminds me of another picture book favorite, Owl Moon. It may make you think of friends who, like Scarecrow's friend, became "friends ... right from the start,". 

This is a book that deserves a spot on your bookshelf and it's sure to find a spot in your heart too!


  1. I'm glad you didn't give away too much, because as I told you, I just got the book from my library. It seems that it may need to add to my autumn book collection. My students made scarecrows one year. It would have been lovely to have this then! Thanks, Ramona!

  2. Oh, this sounds lovely! My library doesn't have it, so I'll have to try ILL. Thanks for recommending! (PS It was really hard for me to read the lime green writing--just weighing in. Maybe it's just me!)

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the font color. I've tried to change it, but blogger is being contrary. We spend a lot of time fighting these days. I'll go back to black for my next post.

  3. Sounds like a story's unfolding in these first few lines… Thanks for sharing this magical-like fall book Ramona–and the art is lovely too!