Series: I Like to Read®
Written and Illustrated by Margaret Peot
Holiday House 9/15/2015
24 pages Ages 4—8
“Crow was alone. He had a plan. He tried and tried and tried to make a friend. If you like to read, you will like this book.” [back cover]
Crow is a lonely bird, but very ingenious. He has a plan. First, Crow gathers a couple of sticks and pops a crab apple on top. Then adding leaves for feathers, Crow creates a friend. No longer is Crow lonely, until . . . the wind blows.
Crow’s new bird friend is gone. Crow is once more lonely and unhappy, but he is resourceful. He has a plan. Snow has fallen. Crow piles snow together, patting it into a nice shape. He uses seeds for eyes and sticks for wings. Crow makes a new friend, banishing his loneliness once more. Then the sun shines.
Crow’s new friend melts away. He is lonely once more. Up in a tree a bird sits. She calls down to Crow and Crow joins the bird. He has made a new friend. Together, they have a plan.
Crow Made a Friend is delightful with art that perfectly matches not only the text but also the quiet messages of the book. Aimed at early readers, Crow Made a Friend highlights creativity, resourcefulness, and the lasting importance of friendship and family.
The ink and watercolor illustrations are bright and beautiful; inventive and inspired, with expressive emotions seen through Crow. The bright blue, red-winged, green-bellied, and yellow-tailed Crow stands out against the white background. Young children learn to read through the use of simple, familiar words reinforced with repetitive text.
The I Like to Read® Series, designed for emergent readers and evaluated before being assigned a reading level from B to G,* aligns with Common Core State Standards in reading for foundational skills and literature. The I Like to Read® Series, picture books for emerging readers, are created by an extensive list of invited author/illustrators.
The I Like to Read® Series and especially Crow Made a Friend are lovely additions to the early reader genre with loads of materials for both teachers and students. Teachers and homeschooling parents will find Crow Made a Friend a brilliant book that will help instill a love of reading and a joy for books, which can last a lifetime.
Crow Made a Friend is Margaret Peot’s debut children’s book.
CROW MADE A FRIEND (I LIKE to READ® SERIES). Text and Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Margaret Peot. Reproduce by permission of the publisher, Holiday House, New York, NY.
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Also by Margaret Peot
Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity
. . Awarded the Eureka! Silver Medal for Nonfiction Children’s Books
I Like to Read® Series 2015
Cat Got a Lot by Steve Henry
The Cowboy by Hildegard Müller
Hiding Dinosaurs by Dan Moynihan
Lost Dog by Michael Garland
Pig Is Big on Books by Douglas Florian
. . —and many, many more!
I Like to Read® Series Awards List is HERE.
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Full Disclosure: Crow Made a Friend (I Like to Read® Series), by Margaret Peot, and received from TLC Book Tours, is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
CROW MADE A FRIEND. Text and illustrations © 2015 by Margaret Peot. Used by permission of Holiday House.