The Scarebird

Sid Fleischman, Author, Peter Sis, Illustrator Greenwillow Books $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-07317-6
The collaborators on the Newbery Medal-winning book The Whipping Boy have created a picture book that explores the rare nature of friendship. One day Lonesome John, an old farmer, jams straw into some old clothes and puts up a scarecrow. Every time he looks up from his chores, he sees the headless creature. Then one morning he decides to make a head and face for the scarecrow; a little later, he gives the scarecrow a hat and clothes, and then a raincoat. Early one evening, when Lonesome John is out ``playing checkers'' with the scarecrow, a weary-looking boy named Sam arrives, who offers to work for a meal or two. As Sam works around the farm, John takes the gloves, hat, raincoat and shoes off the scarecrow and gives them to the boy. A while later, Sam announces that he must leave. But Lonesome John suggests he stay a little longer . . . to help with the harvest and to play checkers. Fleischman has once again created two unforgettable characters; Sis uses oil paintings to create wide-open landscapes and settings that generously reflect the shifting relationships of John, Scarebird and Sam. Ages 5-up. (September)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1988
Release date: 09/01/1988
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-688-07318-3
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-7857-3597-7
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-606-06713-3
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-0-688-13105-0
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