Monday, November 9, 2015

Crow Made a Friend and giveaway!

Have I mentioned lately how much I am loving being able to read and review children's books? My kids love to read and before I became a mother I knew reading to and with my kids was going to be one of my favorite parts about being a parent, and it turned out to be true! I also discovered that I like to read to groups of children because anytime I can see a spark in a little set of eyes, that's the best feeling.

Scheduling didn't work out so that I could read this to my first grade friends in time for the review, but I'm hoping to do it with them soon AND do a fun little craft with them. But in the meantime, here's a cute little book you might want to add to the Christmas list for a little person in your life.

Crow Made a Friend - Margaret Peot
Crow Made a Friend: An I Like to Read® book
Try, try again is the lesson Crow teaches beginning readers in this vibrant early reader about a lonely crow who works hard to make a friend.

Crow is all alone. But like all crows, he is very clever. Using autumn leaves for wings, sticks for the body and a crab apple for the head, Crow makes a friend! But winter winds blow in, destroying his creation. Undaunted, Crow fashions another bird friend out of snow but cannot prevent it from melting in the warm spring sun. Alone again, Crow hears the caw, caw, caw of a real, live bird and finally forms a friendship that will last in this warm, satisfying story that celebrates perseverance and ingenuity.

 I actually had Olivia (10) read this to Jackson (7) and Penelope (6 months) because she enjoys reading for others. The book is really short, perfect for the pre-school and Kindergarten age child. Also, it's a really good early reader book as part of the "I Like To Read" series. Nice, short sentences that feature sight words that pair perfectly with beautiful illustrations. Truly, the illustrations in this book are so great. The story is a simple one, crow feels lonely so he tries to make a friend. His first two attempts at building a friend prove to be unsuccessful, but then he meets a girl bird and together they make a little family, thus crow isn't alone anymore. It's almost reminiscent of the The Little Pigs, the first friend falls apart in the wind. The second friend melts in the sun but the third friend is just right. If your child is familiar with that classic story, you can ask them if they see some similarities, which will help with comprehension and critical thinking of the story. 

Overall? My kids enjoyed it. They especially loved the little bird craft, which you can find on her website HERE.  For those that homeschool, on her website under "Activities" there are several other activities you can do, including a crow fact dial so your child can learn some basic facts about crows and maybe you can go out on a little nature hike looking for some. You can connect with Margaret Peot on Twitter, her website, also on The Inkblot Book website. Crow Made a Friend is currently available on Amazon, as well! 

Lucky for you, I can give away one copy of Crow Made a Friend (US only)! All you have to do is: 

  • Leave a comment telling me what your favorite children's book is.
  • Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you! 
  • Follow me on Bloglovin'!
Winner will be drawn on Friday, November 13! 

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traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. What a delight. My favorite children's book is Anne of Green Gables. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Miss Nutralicious said...

This book looks cute. My daughter is 8 months old, and her favorite books right now are "Bear Wants More" by Jane Chapman and "Bedtime For Chickies" by Janee Trasler. So by default, these are my favorite books right now too!


petite said...

This special book is so appealing and ideal for my grandchildren who adore reading. A favorite children's book would have to be Harold and The Purple Crayon. Thanks for this great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I love the little bird craft!

Thanks for being on the tour.