Little Black Crow

By Chris Raschka
(Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, Hardcover, 9780689846014, 40pp.)

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

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Picture a sky

as big as all outdoors,

a fence disappearing over a hill,

a crow then appearing,

a boy looking up,

watching, wondering.

Not much more than a moment

but the meeting

lofts a rush of childhood questions—

27 in all—inspiring answers

as big as all outdoors.

Caldecott medalist Chris Raschka,

himself the boy perhaps,

has created a book in the sparest language

 against the simplest setting,

 to inspire in any young listener

 the wonder of wondering.

About the Author

Chris Raschka is the illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal.  He is also the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes?; Charlie Parker Played Be Bop; Mysterious Thelonious; John Coltrane's Giant Steps; and Can't Sleep. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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