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November 16, 2015 / Leslie

Crow Made a Friend by Margaret Peot

CrowMadeAFriendAbout the Book

Genre: Children – Early readers
Publisher: Holiday House | Sept 2015
Format: Hardcover | 24 pages

Crow Made a Friend is part of Holiday House’s innovative and award-winning I LIKE TO READ® books, which are just right for emergent readers. These picture books by renowned and beloved artists have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels B through G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system and feature short texts familiar vocabulary repetition to reinforce learning illustrations that are designed to be a part of the learning experience.

My Thoughts

Poor crow is all alone. He doesn’t have any family or friends. But like all crows, he is very clever, and using sticks and leaves he creates a friend. But that friend blows away with the wind. He then makes a friend out of snow. But the sunshine melts the snow and that friend is gone too. Eventually crow finds a mate and together they create a family. Crow is not alone anymore.

Crow Made a Friend is a picture book designed for very early readers. Pages are brightly illustrated in watercolor with short, simple sentences that young children can easily follow. Crow himself is an iridescent rainbow of colors rather than the usual solid black, giving him a cheerful, inviting look. Drawings of trees, leaves, a nest, and birds are easy for young children to relate to and are words they can associate and remember. A downloadable activity sheet with cutouts is available so children can make their own crow friend, adding some fun to the reading experience.

About the Author

MargaretPeotMargaret is an artist, writer and costume painter. Margaret has two new books out in 2015, Stencil Craft (F&W) and an early reader picture book, Crow Made a Friend (Holiday House). Margaret’s book Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity (Boyds Mills 2011) was awarded a Eureka! Silver Medal for non-fiction children’s books. She is also the author of The Successful Artist’s Career Guide (F&W 2012), Alternative Art Journals (F&W 2012), and Make Your Mark (Chronicle Books, 2004), voted one of Library Journal’s best how-to books of 2004.

An avid believer that art making can be for everyone, Margaret has presented art workshops with cancer survivors, elders, children, parent and teen groups, writers, nurses and caregivers, at The Creative Center at University Settlement’s Creative Aging conferences, and their Artist-in-Residence Training program, with EngAGE Utah, at Gilda’s Club, The Huntsman Cancer Institute, Operation Exodus in NYC, and at Miami University’s Scripps center with Dr. Like Lokon, and Opening Minds Through Art.

Connect with Margaret:
Goodreads | Author’s Webpage | Facebook | Twitter

Giveaway – US and Canada

Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of Crow Made a Friend to give away to a reader with a US mailing address. To enter, fill out the form below on or before November 25th. I will draw a random winner who will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond.

[Giveaway has ended]


For a list of tour stops click HERE.

Source: Review copy from TLC Book Tours
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  1. Heather J. @ TLC / Nov 22 2015 12:53 am

    I love the illustrations in this book!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.



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