The Scarecrow (Beth Ferry)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The Scarecrow, written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by The Fan Brothers, a heartwarming tale of friendship and family.

A lone scarecrow stands in a field, posted upright in the ground. His presence does its job; deer, foxes, fieldmice and crows (naturally) keep their distance from his ever-vigilant watch. However, this leaves scarecrow rather lonely – with no one to come near, there’s no one to make friends with. That is until the day something small and fluffy falls – plop! – to the ground. A hatchling crow lies helplessly on the cold ground and, moved to kindness, the scarecrow breaks his pole to bend down and care for the baby. As the two become close friends, Scarecrow watches as the baby bird grows into a crow, and realizes that his friend will someday have the power to fly away and leave him. Heartbroken but wanting to be supportive, he encourages the crow, until the fateful day arrives. Watching his friend fly off into the distance, the scarecrow sags, now lacking both his pole and his friendship to keep him upright. All through fall, winter, and spring, the scarecrow wallows in his loneliness – until a familiar face reappears to usher in a new chapter of friendship and gratitude.

Magical. This incredibly beautiful tale is a perfect blend of the gently flowing, emotionally evocative rhyming text and the Fan Brothers’ stunning illustrations. The meticulously detailed yet dreamy scenes that are the Fans’ trademark work perfectly in this classic tale of kindness, especially in Scarecrow’s endearing facial expressions and how the change of seasons reflect his emotional state. Ferry’s gentle, powerful rhymes tell a timeless story in a succinct yet poetic style, and the ending is so pitch perfect that it may bring a tear to your eye. Lastly, the metaphors of sacrifice, trust, generosity, and family are beautifully interwoven. This has all the makings of a new fall classic, and one that can fortunately be enjoyed year-round. The length was great, and JJ and I both adored it. A wonderfully special book to share with the people you love, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Top 5: Friendship

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Hello, friends! As we wrap up 2016, we wanted to compile of few lists of some of our favorite books that JJ and I have read together this year. So every Saturday in the month of December, we’ll be posting a new “Top 5” list centered around a theme we’ve explored in our literary adventures. To start us off, this week’s Top 5 theme is Friendship. So, in no particular order, here are our five favorite friend books from 2016:

1. Cat & Bunny (Mary Lundquist)

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An adorable book about two best friends inviting more friends into their circle. Addresses the common problem of feeling jealous of our friends’ other friendships with gentle, adorable illustrations and sweet story.

2. To The Sea (Cale Atkinson)

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A small yet epic story of a very strange friendship that will warm your heart and possibly leave you a little teary-eyed. The devotion that the boy and the whale have for each other is a wonderful example of true friendship, and sends the great message that no matter who you are, there is a perfect friend for you (even if they’re a whale).

3. Boy + Bot (Ame Dyckman)

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We loved this book so much that we added it to our library! It’s a sweet, simple story of two friends that is equal parts silly and touching. The illustrations are bright and bold, and the heartwarming friendship between Boy and Bot will put you and your baby bookworm in a  great mood.

4. Strictly No Elephants (Lisa Mantchev)

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A great book about true friendship, and sticking by friends who are unfairly excluded or discriminated against. The illustrations are positively precious and will make you fall in love with the miniature elephant, but the message that true friends always stick together is what will stay with you.

5. Stick And Stone (Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld)

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Another adorable book about best friends “stick”-ing (sorry) by each other at all costs. Sweet illustrations that bring the two friends to life, an adventurous tale about loyalty, and a great length for baby bookworms.

That’s it for our first Top 5 list! Tell us what you think! What were your favorite books about friendship this year? And come back next Saturday for a new Top 5 list. Have a great weekend!

Stick And Stone (Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld)


Hello, everyone! Today, we read Stick And Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, a positively charming book about best friends.

Stick and Stone are alone. Then one day, Stick sticks up for Stone when Pinecone teases him, and the two become fast friends. While the two are hanging out at the beach, a hurricane comes through and blows Stick away! Will Stone be able to find and help his friend the way that Stick helped him?

This was an incredibly sweet and delightful story. The rhymes are fun to read, and the length is great, but we liked the message about friendship and loyalty the best. The illustrations are just adorable, too. We loved this one! Baby Bookworm approved!