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The Little Scarecrow Boy [Hardcover]

By Margaret Wise Brown (Author) & David Diaz (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown & David Diaz...

Published for the first time as a picture book, the timeless rhyming story about the things children cherish--family, home, and their place in the world--offers a celebration of the tradition of passing knowledge from one generation to the next.

Publishers Description
"Once upon a time in a cornfield there lived a scarecrow and his scarecrow wife and their little scarecrow boy." So begins Margaret Wise Brown's long lost treasure about a little scarecrow boy and the lessons he learns from his scarecrow father every day of the world, until the time he decides to test his knowledge and himself. Published here for the first time as a picture book, The Little Scarecrow Boy is a timeless story about the things children cherish family, home, and their place in the world. Tender and funny, it celebrates the tradition of passing knowledge from one generation to the next, and the exuberance that comes with reaching one's full potential. Known for his stunning design and breathtaking craftsmanship, Caldecott medal recipient, David Diaz declares an entirely new direction with The Little Scarecrow Boy. He perfectly captures the essence of this all-but-forgotten gem of a story with a bright palette and a remarkably fresh, childlike view of the world.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown & David Diaz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1230
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/20/1998 page 218
  • School Library Journal - 11/01/1998 page 76
  • New York Times - 11/15/1998 page 54
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 08/15/1998 page 1186
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1999 page 60
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 569
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1999 page 12
  • Booklist - 09/01/1998
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 823

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.32" Width: 9.35" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1998
Publisher   Joanna Cotler
Age  4-7
ISBN  0060262842  
ISBN13  9780060262846  
UPC  046594015952  

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More About Margaret Wise Brown & David Diaz

Margaret Wise Brown Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.

Margaret Wise Brown--probably most famous for writing "Good Night Moon "and "The Runaway Bunny"--was also a prolific and bestselling Golden Books author. Her "Golden Egg Book," "Home for a Bunny," "The Color Kittens," and "The Sailor Dog "count among the most popular storybooks for children of the last 60 years.

SPANISH BIO: Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la ninez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clasicos libros y grabaciones continuan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.

Margaret Wise Brown lived in the state of New York. Margaret Wise Brown was born in 1910 and died in 1952.

Margaret Wise Brown has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Big Little Golden Books (Hardcover)
  2. Companion To: Goodnight Moon

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Little Scarecrow Boy?

Fiercest Scarecrow in the World  Aug 8, 2006
The little scarecrow boy wants badly to go out into the fields and scare the crows, but he's too young and inexperienced and not fierce enough. His father says, "Wait till you grow," but the boy is impatient to try out the six terrible faces that he is taught. Once he learns them, he decides to run away so that he can try out his new skills, but the crow is not afraid as he uses each face in succession, becoming more out of breath as he continues to run after each attempt. Finally, with the sixth and fiercest face - success! His father arrives just in time to proudly see him scare the crow away and the scarecrow boy becomes the fiercest scarecrow in the world.

The close up illustrations of the scarecrow boy's face when he's scaring seem disproportionately large (similar in magnitude to the smiling face on the cover), although it allows the reader to better distinguish between the six degrees of scary faces.
Simple and cute  Aug 7, 2006
This book helps children realize that they sometimes must wait to be old enough or big enough to do certain things. It presents the opportunity to discuss why adults sometimes say children cannot do whatever they want to do. It also teaches that they must keep trying. I like the illustrations--so colorful! Simple to understand and cute.
Scarecrowing literally runs in the family.  Oct 17, 2003
The crows end up chasing the little scarecrow novice, and as he runs away from them in lushishly illustated strawy discombobulation, he makes each face he has practiced to scare crows away. But, ironically, not one of his "scarecrow faces" does actually scare the crows away, and he is carried away by the big black birds. No, just kidding. He just ends up being saved from the untold fate with the crows by his father. This book definitely gets its "charm" from simplicity, but it works. I read it three times in a row to a three year old in the special needs class today. Nice, simple, autumn themed book-it is.
A gentle tale of the value of perseverence  Jul 26, 2002
This gentle tale of the value of perseverence is in the best Margaret Wise Brown tradition. Without talking down to young children, she manages to convey the importance of stick-to-itiveness and the great love a young scarecrow boy has for his father. Trying the best he can to live up to his father's work ethic and talents, the little scarecrow boy tries and tries to scare the crows away. Although he fails over and over again, he does eventually succeed and sees that not only is his father proud of him--he is proud of HIMSELF. This is a great lesson quietly told--it's not preachy or high-handed in any way.

Brown's charming tale is greatly bolstered by the color-saturated illustrations of David Diaz. These have a lovely, soft 1930s look that reminds me very much of the illustrations in the original Raggedy Ann and Andy books. I especially like the way Diaz pulls back his perspective on the last page so that you really see why the little scarecrow boy feels, happily, that all is right with the world.

great!  Oct 20, 2001
I just read this book to my first grade class and they loved it. It's a great book to introduce the idea of never giving up and feeling proud after a job well done.

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