Monday, November 2, 2015

Crow Made A Friend by Margaret Peot - TLC Book Tour

Title: Crow Made a Friend
Author and Illustrator: Margaret Peot

Series: I Like to Read
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Holiday House (August 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0823434206
ISBN-13: 978-0823434206
Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 0.1 inches

About the Book

Try, try again is the lesson Crow teaches beginning readers in this picture book reader. Crow was all alone. But like all crows, he was very clever. Using autumn leaves for wings, sticks for the body and a crab apple for the head, Crow made a friend! But winter winds blew in, destroying his creation. Undaunted, Crow fashioned another bird friend out of snow but could not prevent it from melting in the warm spring sun. Alone again, Crow heard the caw, caw, caw of a real, live bird. Together they built a nest and by summer, Crow had a family. This warm, satisfying story, celebrates perseverance and ingenuity.

About the Author:

Margaret is an artist, writer and costume painter. She is looking forward to the publication of two new books in 2015, Stencil Craft: Techniques for Fashion, Art and Home (June 26, 2015, F&W) and an early reader picture book, Crow Made a Friend (July 1, 2015. 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 at Scripps and Opening Minds Through Art.

My Review

From the day we received Crow Made a Friend by Margaret Peot in the mail, the book has captivated my preschooler. Had the author chosen to make the crow black, as they are in real life, this book never would have received the love and attention from my child. The rainbow crow, bright and vibrant, dances off the page and compliments the simplistic words, making it a great read for any emergent reader.

I have read this book to my little girl enough times, at her request, so that she has the book memorized. She also was inspired enough to ask if we could go out into the woods to make her own friend for crow. (Check out that activity at the end of this post.)

As a parent, what I like about the book is how the story is simple enough to be a learn to read book without sacrificing the story line.  I enjoy reading this book with my child as much as she enjoys listening and looking at the pages. The journey of the crow from a friendly, lonely creature to one with a family is heartwarming.

A special thanks to TLC Book Tours for inviting me to participate in this book review and blog tour.


Links for more info about CROW MADE A FRIEND

Crow paper doll craft | Author’s Website | Activity Sheets


Our Crow Made a Friend Activity

Inspired by reading Crow Made a Friend on a daily basis for a couple of weeks, my Little J wanted to made her own friend for Crow. We took a nature walk, enjoying the fall weather in the trails behind our house.
  It is hard to tell from the picture, but Little J also brought her doll Lola in a stroller.
However, once she found these awesome, large leaves, she left the doll stroller for me to push. 
  She ran through the trails with her new leaf wings.
 What they girls discovered after Miss M and I caught back up with Little J is that the leaf had a hitchhiker.
  We went in the woods to make a friend for crow, and we made a friend with snail. (Don't worry, we left the snail in the woods.)
Back at the house, the girls assembled and then reassembled the leaves, sticks, and seeds they brought back from the woods. I sat and folded laundry, and I left them to be creative.

Here is their final creation:
A friend for crow.

Connect with Margaret

Website | | Facebook | Twitter |

Pinterest (Crow) | Pinterest (Birding)

Make sure to check out all of Margaret Peot’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, November 2ndWest Metro Mommy Reads
Tuesday, November 3rdBooks, Babies, and Bows
Wednesday, November 4thKid Lit Reviews
Thursday, November 5thRandomly Reading
Monday, November 9thSara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, November 10thFrog on a Blog – author guest post
Wednesday, November 11thHere Wee Read
Friday, November 13thPicture Books Help Kids Soar
Monday, November 16thUnder My Apple Tree
Tuesday, November 17thTinkerLab
Wednesday, November 18thBirdhouse Books
Thursday, November 19thSweet Southern Home

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FTC Required Disclosures:
 *I received a review copy from the author free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book.
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  1. What an adorable friend they created for Crow! Great job girls. :)

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. My favorite I Can Read Book is Biscuit Loves The Library. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Thanks for the review! I like it very much! I wanted to ask you about the age of children to read it. Are the words easy enough for the preschoolers to read themselves?

    1. Hi there! Thanks for the comment. Yes, I do think this would be a book that children who are just learning to read would be able to read themselves. It is listed as a reading level D. However, I also feel that the illustrations tell the story without having to read the words.

  4. This shared review is so helpful. The activity is suitable for 3-4-5 years old boys and girls. I really appreciate your contributed input!

  5. Needless to say, the following post gave me a hint on how to educate my little son. These activities are helpful.

  6. That is so interesting to fing such sites with great ideas that can make your relationships with the child interesting.


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