Hopefully the Scarecrow

Hopefully the Scarecrow
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August 08, 2023
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The perfect Fall book for kids! A poignant picture book about a scarecrow who befriends the young girl who reads to him day after day until one day he's left wondering where she is.

A scarecrow stood in the garden. Tall, proud, and smiling. Every day a girl brought her favorite books to the garden and she read to him. He heard tales of courage and of hope. And when she said, "The End," the scarecrow always felt a little bit taller and braver. Year after year, she came and she read to him.

Until one spring, two different hands picked him up from the garden shed and placed him in the garden. He waited, but she didn't come to read to him.

With poignant words from award-winning author Michelle Houts and lush illustrations by Pura Belpré Honor winner Sara Palacios, Hopefully the Scarecrow is a tender distillation of the enduring power of friendship and a heartwarming look at the ways stories connect us.

Perfect for fans of The Leaf Thief, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, and The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and The Fan Bros!

A great Back-to-School, Autumn, or Halloween read!

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Hopefully the Scarecrow is a heartwarming story about a scarecrow and his friendship with a young girl. Every season, the young girl puts out the scarecrow in the garden. The scarecrow looks forward to his visits with the young girl especially when she reads her books out loud. During the winter, the young girl brings the scarecrow into the shed, where he is "hopefully" protected.

What I Liked: This was a beautifully written story that brought tears to my eyes. It showed the possibility of change being scary, but also resulting in a sweet ending. I enjoyed how the illustrations used warm colors to evoke fall feelings.

I highly recommend Hopefully the Scarecrow for readers of all ages.
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