Thursday, March 28, 2013

Song for Papa Crow by Marit Menzin

Good day dearest readers-
Spring is here and I've found a delightful book, perfect for the warming weather. Song for Papa Crow, written and illustrated by Marit Menzin is a touching story about how little crow learns to find his own voice, despite the opposition of the other birds. I loved the message, and the pictures in this book. I hope you'll love the activity ideas I've included.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.


Book Title: Song For Papa Crow
Author and Illustrator: Marit Menzin

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (July 28, 2012)
Reading level: Grades Pre-K to 2.
Book Info:Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: children's picture book
ISBN-13: 978-0764341311

Book Theme:
Learning to appreciate yourself, even when other people mock you.
Being yourself.

Book Summary
Little Crow loves to sing, and Papa Crow loves his song. But when Little Crow shares his crow songs with the other birds at the big old tree, they laugh and scatter. Maybe Mockingbird can teach him to sing songs with the finches, flycatchers, and cardinals and help him make some friends. But Little Crow should be careful what he wishes for... Using Mockingbird's tip, Little Crow quickly becomes the most popular bird on the block. But, in a moment of danger, he learns that singing someone else's song can have terrible consequences and that his own voice and his father's love is of the greatest value. Paired with colorful collage illustrations, this inspirational story is complemented by fun facts about North American birds and their sounds.

Activity Adventures:
Create a Bird book. You can find several bird coloring pages here.

Make a bird collage using paper scraps, buttons and feathers.There are several larger bird pictures here that can be used for a collage.

Pick a bird from this book and do a study of it. Use the links above for finding a picture, or go outside with a camera and see what kind of birds live in your back yard.
Fun Fact

Family Flyby: Build a Bird Feeder

Make a bird house. Here's a link for several types of feeders and houses children can make.

Authors Arena

Marit Menzin's award-winning collages have been seen in
galleries, magazines, and publications. She has loved art since
childhood, and Song for Papa Crow, her first picture book, combines
her love of nature and art. Song for Papa Crow celebrates diversity,
spring, birds, and caring fathers with colorful cut-paper
illustrations and a moving narrative.

Song for Papa Crow received a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Honor for distinguished illustrations on December 2012.