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Crow Call

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,115 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry has crafted a beautiful picture book about the power of longing and the importance of reconnection between a girl and her father in post-WWII America.

This is the story of young Liz, her father, and their strained relationship. Dad has been away at WWII for longer than she can remember, and they begin their journey of reconnection throug
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press
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This story is based on events in Lois Lowry's life. My niece wandered why she wanted a shirt so big for her. I enjoyed the art. It brings up feelings of homey-ness and that kind of day Autumn has. It's more of a serious story about two people reaching out to one another. There is something touching about it. A beautiful story.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for Stories About Soldiers Returning Home
The prolific Lois Lowry, two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for her children's fiction - Number the Stars was chosen in 1990, and The Giver in 1994 - made her picture-book debut with this lovely story from her own childhood, and the result is a distinct triumph! Lizzie, shy at first, spends the day with her father, who has recently returned home from fighting in World War II, and has become a stranger to her. Slowly, over the course of the day - cherry-pie breakfast at the diner, the ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
An autobiographical story about a young girl accompanying a father she hardly knows on an early morning outing to hunt crows. Dad has been fighting in World War II, and is now home to run the farm again. This expedition together is about more than just hunting--it's about a father and daughter getting to know each other. It's beautifully told, with a perfect ending, as her father understands what it is that his daughter really wants. The last page of the story has a photo of the author, Lois Low ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this book at a library sale. I have to say the art work in this book is absolutely beautiful. The art work in this book makes the story just as interesting and lively story itself. However, I'm not sure what grade or age this story is intended for, but I read this to my five year old a fit was a bit "wordy." All and I I would recommend this book.
Hafsa Sabira
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very well-written short story, taken from the writer's own life events, thus giving it an autobiographical vibe. It's a story about a father-daughter relationship, each reaching out to other after their long separation due to the WW2.
The event of the story takes place on a single morning when Liz wakes up to find herself sitting in a car, next to a stranger whom she practises to call 'daddy'. They are going hunting on a crow calling adventure. As the morning breaks up and the adventure continu
Angie H
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
My son brought this book home from his school library. What a gem! We both really enjoyed the story and illustrations. Great read. My 6 year old says it deserves 5 stars! :)
Kathleen Garber
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This is Newbery Award winner (and author of my favourite book) Lois Lowry's first picture book. She couldn't have done a better job.

Lois Lowry is the author of The Giver along with many other young adult and children's books. I'd like to share what Lois Lowry says on her website about the book:

"This is my first-ever picture book, a true story about a day I spent with my father after he returned from World War II. The illustrations were beautifully done by artist Bagram Ibatoulline. He had a phot
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humane-education
Crow Call is a wonderful, thoughtful picture book that will appeal especially to children in rural parts of the country.

The wonderful illustrations are a standout feature--they shine with realism and a definite sense of time and place.

Young Liz’s father has just returned from the war. She is happy to see him, but more than a little shy, too. On their first outing together, Liz’s father takes her crow hunting. The little girl is honored to be in charge of using the crow call, but has more than a
Laura (Book Scrounger)
This was a sweet picture book about a girl beginning to reconnect with her father after his return from war. I wanted to check it out because I didn't realize Lois Lowry had written a picture book, and I've liked what I've read of her chapter books. It looks like it was a very personal story for her, too. The illustrations are wonderful -- so clear, expressive, and evocative. I think that both my children are a bit young for it still (2 and 4), but I'm glad I read it anyway.
Sandra Couch
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Liz’s father has been away at war for some time and he tries to reconnect with his daughter by taking her crow hunting. Before the embark into the woods, they go get breakfast and buy her a shirt was has been wanting. When they get into the woods Liz is responsible for the crow call, a pivotal tool used to call crows. Uneasy, she walks through the woods with her dad shyly speaking to him. When it comes time for her to use the crow call, she is faced with a decision that will change her ...more
Rose Gray
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Liz’s father has been away at war longer than she can remember. Upon his return, he decides to have a father daughter afternoon, by taking her crow hunting. Their day starts out by visiting a store where Liz has been wanting a certain rainbow plaid shirt. They head to a diner for breakfast then to the woods where Liz’s father puts her in charge of the crow call. Thus being her first time, she was so nervous, but couldn’t believe what happened after the first time she tried it.

Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Crow Call, By Lois Lowry, is a post-world-war-two story about a girl’s, Liz, day with her dad. Their day starts early in the morning. They make their way into town for some errands before they go into the woods; the need to go crow hunting and Liz is in charge of calling the crows. As the day progresses, Liz and her father talk and get to bond with each other.
The story is told in a chronological order- it starts early in the morning and ends in the afternoon. It’s told through Liz’s point of vie
Kaetlin V
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crow Call, written by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, depicts the touching story of a young girl and her father reconnecting after World War II. The young girl, Liz, narrates the story how her father has been away at war, so she doesn’t know him that well anymore. As a stranger to her, they start their reconnection with a new hunting shirt, cherry pie from a diner, and a crow call to use when they go hunting. I was a little wary going into the book because I generally don’t car ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I decided to use "The Crow Call" by Lowis Lowry as my historical fiction book. I think that this book could fall under many genres, but I chose to use it as historical fiction because it takes place in 1945, it briefly mentions the War, and it shows a father/daughter relationship that many people may have. I think that this book would be great to use with second through fourth graders. The text isn't too complex, but it's not too easy either. "The Crow Call" is about a young girl and her father' ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood
I thought that this story is almost like a real childhood memory and it turns out that it is a real story of the author's childhood. Her father came back from war and she felt almost estranged or distant from him because of the time spent apart. The crow call is symbolic for the call of war and having to hunt and kill the birds that destroy the crops is the father's duty to kill at war in order to save his people from being killed. He shelters his daughter from having to see the pain and death o ...more
Crow Call is a children's picture book about a young girl who is a stranger to her father since hes been in the war so long. They go out for the morning to go hunting for crows and she tells him she is scared of hunting(because of his rifle).I thought the book was very meaningful to me, I can somewhat relate to being a stranger to my father as the girl is in the book.
The plot of Crow call is the father and daughter go to a diner to have breakfast, they then head out to the forest to hunt. They
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous and really help bring this story to life. It's such a lovely book about a father and daughter.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story about a daughter and a father getting to know one another after a long absence filled with glorious drawings in sepia tones of fading memories. Beautiful book.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is a Notable Children’s Book Award winner and has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Childrens Literature. Drawn from the author’s personal experience, the book depicts a young girls experience of connecting with her father on a hunting trip after he has been away fighting in the war. Her father is basically a stranger to her and Lowry does a great job of showing and not telling readers how awkward and at times unsure the girl feels through h ...more
Alex  Baugh
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-2
It's autumn 1945 and young Liz's dad is home after being away for a long time fighting in the war. In fact, he has been gone so long, that he has become a stranger to Liz, who is feeling shy and a little afraid of him.

November is hunting season and father and daughter are going out to look for crows, because crows eat the crops. But first, there is a new rainbow plaid hunting shirt to be bought for Liz, so big it hangs to her knees.

On the big day, Liz and her dad get up very early, drive to the
L13_Allison Safran
“I practice his name to myself, whispering it under my breath. Daddy. Daddy. Saying it feels new. The war has lasted so long. He has been gone so long. Finally I look over at him timidly and speak aloud.”

Crow Call by Lois Lowry was published in 2009 and won the Newberry Medal Award. The story follows a little girl who is going hunting with her father for the first time. She is nervous because she hasn’t seen her father in a very long time. The book doesn’t mention a definitive amount of time bu
Tristan Wright
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a poignant memoir from the author of The Giver, Lois Lowry. When Lois was a young girl, she struggled to reconnect with her father who had been away at war. She was uncomfortable around him because he was like a stranger to her. Also, I think it made her nervous knowing he used guns - not only in war, but in hunting.

In the story, her father takes her out to hunt crows. She enjoys this special time with him, but it is obvious that she doesn't want to kill the crows. She makes a comment to
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is Lois Lowry's debut picture book, and as with all of her previous juvenile novels, I think that she has done a very good job.

Crow Call conveys the true story of a girl first really coming to know her father who has spent years overseas fighting in World War II. Lois Lowry's graceful use of language is supplemented adroitly by the illustrations from Bagram Ibatoulline, who has with wonderful ability faced the task of illustrating this personally meaningful story. The pictures are panorami
Heather Smith
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Crow Call by Lois Lowery is a book about a father and daughter (Liz) going hunting in the woods. The dad just returned from the war and has been gone a long time, and Liz has to remind herself to call him “daddy”. The father took Liz to the store to buy her a hunting shirt that she had been wanting, which was way too big. Before they went hunting they stopped for breakfast at a diner and got cherry pie, Lizzie’s favorite, that she had for her birthday, which he missed. They then went into the wo ...more
Linda Lipko
The marvelous illustrations of Bagram Ibatouline and the delightful writing of Lois Lowry combine to make this a delightful journey of a father and daughter's re-acquaintance.

When a child, Lowry missed her father who was away from his family and in the service during WWII. When he returned, he resumed loving, caring relationships with his children.

This beautiful picture/story book captures a special moment of quiet joy as father and daughter walked in the autumn woods to hunt crows. The crows we
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally review the picture books that I read, because come on--I'd spend half my life reviewing them, taking longer to write each review than it took to read the book. But I'm making an exception for this book, because it's just that beautiful.

The narrator's dad in this book is now officially my favorite dad. He's sensitive to the inner workings of a kid he's just learning to know after finally coming back from the war. He indulges her quirks, which is something that I know for a fact t
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Luann by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I loved this one. It made me feel very nostalgic for one of those perfect childhood days that you know you will always remember. The relationship shown between Lizzie (Lois!) and her father who has just returned from the war also adds a tender touch to this wonderful picture book. This reminded me a bit of Jane Yolen's Owl Moon.

I'm not sure if younger children would really appreciate this. It's one of those picture books I believe would work best with older children. This is definitely a picture
Jan 14, 2010 rated it liked it
It was funny that I picked up this new addition to our local library the day I got the message from Julie and Shannon about wanting to read this book.

I enjoyed the way Lowry created a warm yet mysterious relationship between a young girl and her father, newly returned from the war. The story, about bonding over some innocuous event, is powerful, especially learning that this was a story about Lois herself.

She's a great author, of children's and YA books. I had the pleasure of meeting her at a
Donna (Jaevenstar)
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
The synopsis says it all. This is a very beautiful book. The pictures are amazing and really capture the emotions of the story. The story itself is very enduring. Lois Lowry says in an author note at the end of the story, "...parents and children groping toward understanding each other - that happens to everyone. And so this story is not really just my story, but everyone's." And that pretty much says it all. In some way or another everyone can relate to this little memoir.
Kamily Cabrera
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
it was a good book.i love how the author remeber everything frome she was a kid.i also love that she gave great detils.for example how she remeber how her jacket and how the squres were.also how she aminded how she was feeling.
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always

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