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The Scarecrow

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,300 ratings  ·  297 reviews
All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. . . .

Bestselling author Beth Ferry and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers present this tender and affectionate tale that reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by HarperCollins
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Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This year I've labeled a handful of children's books favorites for the year. The Scarecrow tops all of them for 2019.

He never rests.
He never bends.
He's never had a single friend,
for all the woodland creatures know
not to mess with old Scarecrow.

The story opens with a lonely scarecrow who does his job well scaring away all the animals that make a nuisance of themselves in the fields. All the local animals know not to mess with him, and because of this, Scarecrow has no friends and stands all by h
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
A beautiful childrens book with a very special message about how important friendship is and what it takes to develop and maintain the same. A story of faith, trust, and believing in oneself as well as the friendships one creates. I loved this book and would recommend it to all to read! You won't be disappointed. The illustrations are wonderful throughout! ...more
Wow! This is probably the Best picture book I've read All year. I wasn't sure if this was Halloween or not and it's NOT. This is seasonal, but it's more a story about love and caring for something. It's a special story that needs attention. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

The artwork blew me away. I mean, all the colors and the play of light and the details. This artwork is amazing. It captures the seasons and the animals and oh my. What a delight! I will have to look for the Fan brothers f
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A moving story about the unlikely friendship between an injured baby crow and a lonely scarecrow. Nicely illustrated by the Fan brothers, but overshadowed by Beth Ferry's rhymes and her message. ...more
Linda Lou
I had to have this book! I have Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky which The Fan Brothers have authored and illustrated plus the Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater which they also illustrated. These stories are wonderful but it is the illustrations that draws you in compelling you to slowly turn each page whilst drinking it all in. This story is a little different...its a beautiful poem of friendship and helping others for the mere joy of it. It flows so well that you can almost hear music. It isn’t ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Beautiful New Picture-Books About Friendship and/or the Seasons
Standing in his field through the seasons of the year, the eponymous Scarecrow is a solitary, friendless figure, one who does not know joy or companionship. Then a baby crow crashes to the ground near his feet, and everything changes. The Scarecrow adopts the hatchling, sheltering him and cheering him on as he grows. But when the crow takes flight, leaving the Scarecrow all alone again, is it the end of their unusual friendship...?

Given my great love of the Fan Brothers and their phenomenal artw
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! I loved the simple, rhyming phrases that tell the story of a lonely scarecrow who decides to help a baby crow and the friendship that blossoms. The illustrations are stunning and match the text so well. The Fan brothers are quickly becoming some of my favorite illustrators.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The illustrations by the Fan Brothers are exquisite (as all their work is) and the story itself is sweet and lovely but the actual text lets the rest of the package down. It's in rhyme and there are places where both the rhythm and the rhyme feel forced and awkward. Had Ms. Ferry chosen prose or free verse in which to tell her tale, this could have been truly magical. There's still magic to be found, but it's not as shiny and sparkly as it could have been. ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A lonely scarecrow dares to care for his natural enemy, a baby crow, forging a friendship that lasts for many years, despite inborn animosities. It's a beautiful story of the power of love, with gentle rhythm and lovely illustrations. ...more
Ms. B
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, picture, childrens
It's the Fan Brothers! How can I not love it? Amazing illustrations match this story about seasons and friendship (view spoiler) ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Throughout the seasons, Scarecrow guards the fields, keeping the deer, crows and other animals away. He has no friends and none of the animals have any contact with him. He is alone. Then one spring, a baby crow falls from its nest. Scarecrow does something he has never done before. He beds down and saves that little crow, tucking it safely into his overalls. The two become immediate friends and steadily the crow grows larger and is able to fly. They spend their days and nights together, until o ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Eric & Terry Fan was an unexpected delight. The story opens with a scarecrow in the field alone. He does his job of scaring away all the animals very well. They all know to stay out of that field and away from that scarecrow, but does he do his job too well? The scarecrow is alone, and lonely. Then, one day, something drops from the sky and Scarecrow does something totally unexpected. Will he finally have a friend?

I read this book to my three year old
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Touching story of a scarecrow and his special relationship with a baby crow.




Gorgeous illustrations by the Fan Brothers.
Nadine Jones
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this up for the Fan Brothers’ art, and their art is - of course - as lovely as ever. But without the moody fantasia that accompanies their own original stories, it’s missing that magic that makes it special. This is just a very nice picture book about a lonely scarecrow and a lonely baby crow who become friends.

The words have a satisfying rhythm and this would probably make a nice read-aloud.
Autumn sunshine.
Haystacks rolled.
Scarecrow guards the fields of gold.

No one enters.
No one dar
Becky B
Scarecrow stands and guards the fields faithfully through all the seasons. The animals know to be wary of it, so it stands alone. But one day a baby crow falls out of its nest and needs a safe place, and Scarecrow's life changes forever.

Such a sweet story of unexpected friendship between two who are technically supposed to be enemies. The rhyming text is put together beautifully, and the Fan brothers artwork is amazing as usual. If you're looking for a tenderhearted story of friendship that know
Jessica Ryan
Super touching story. Rhythmic writing. Out of this world illustrations.
Aliza Werner
Beautiful poetry and illustrations. Friendship, selflessness, and love love love. This one is a heartprint book!
Renée Paule
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, lovely little book with a deep meaning behind the story. Beautifully illustrated too.
Lynn Plourde
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
The rhyme, the rhythm, the story, and the illustrations are woven together seamlessly into a sac that gently holds the reader's heart with love and with hope. My favorite picture book of 2019. ...more
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is The Scarecrow, written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by The Fan Brothers, a heartwarming tale of friendship and family.

A lone scarecrow stands in a field, posted upright in the ground. His presence does its job; deer, foxes, fieldmice and crows (naturally) keep their distance from his ever-vigilant watch. However, this leaves scarecrow rather lonely – with no o
Sepideh Tafazzoli
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The rhythm of the text was quite impressive. But the illustrations, though still very beautiful, did not impress me much albeit for a few frames.
Alex  Baugh
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story about a lasting friendship between a crow and a scarecrow proving that with some loving kindness we can still be friends with those who are our adversaries. After scarecrow nurses a baby crow back to health, the crow flies off and the scarecrow is broken hearted. But the next spring, the crow returns to his old friend. The gentle rhyme makes it perfect to use as a read aloud.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Well, I wasn't quite ready for the depth of sadness here, but fortunately the ending is happy. "Heart of hay", indeed!

Illustrations by The Fan Brothers -- pencil, ballpoint, and Photoshop.
Lindsay Schumaker
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to read for fall. My 6 and 2.5year old both liked the illustrations and the story. I always have a soft spot for books that rhyme.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a heartwarming story, but the illustrations were my favorite part of this book.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. So gorgeous!
Theresa Grissom
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this one a couple months ago and apparently forgot to review it! This was a wonderful picture book! I used this as a read aloud in my school library and got lots of "awwws" from the kids. Beautiful pictures and a sweet, sweet story. ...more
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Beth Ferry is the author of the picture books Stick and Stone and Land Shark. Her family has cared for myriad pets, including two land sharks, a hedgehog, a blue-tongued skink, and a heap of hamsters, but her absolutely perfect pet is an English bulldog named Winston. She lives in New Jersey.

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