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Crow Call

Crow Call

by Lois Lowry Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Lois Lowry makes her picture book debut with a powerful story drawn from her own childhood. Dad has been away fighting in World War II for longer than Liz can remember, and now they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, tender conversation, and the crow call.

One of Liz's favorite memories of her father is the day they passed the window of Kronenberg's department store. Daddy had brought her a very special gift, something warm and wonderful to remember him by. A gift she would never outgrow. 

Now Daddy is back from the war, and his gift is perfect, as the two of them set out together on a cold autumn morning — first to town, where they share a special slice of cherry pie, then to the gray-green hills of the Pennsylvania farmlands, where they beckon crows from the quiet sky.

Lois Lowry pairs with acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline to deliver a timeless story about the power of a very special relationship.

Excerpt From Crow Call:

I practiced his name to myself, whispering it under my breath. Daddy. Daddy. Saying it is new. The war has lasted so long. He had been gone many months. Finally I look over at him timidly and speak aloud.

"The details of Crow Call are true. They happened in 1945 to me and my father. But 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." —Lois Lowry

8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Lois Lowry Two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Today she lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan terrier named Bandit. Her hobbies include gardening, knitting, and photography. Her own photos appear on the covers of her award-winning books Number the Stars and The Giver.
Bagram Ibatoulline Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. He has illustrated many books for children, including The Adventures of Marco Polo by Russell Freedman, Crow Call by Lois Lowry, and The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

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