Crow Call by Lois Lowry; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Early one fall morning, Liz and her father leave their sleepy home to go hunting. Liz has never been hunting, so her father gives her the crow call to use. The two have a reserved relationship, as Liz’s father has just recently returned from fighting in WWII.
From the warm, oversized flannel jacket she is wearing, to sharing a breakfast of cherry pie, to calling the crows to them, the relationship between father and daughter shyly expands as the two begin to really know one another for the first time. Ibatoulline’s illustrations are at times nearly lifelike, with an essence of quiet beauty. The subdued coloring enhances the story of a budding relationship between father and daughter.
Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
In this adorable picture book, the little girl tells her mommy that it is time for bed. Told in dialog via word bubbles, Mommy must finish her work, take a bath, brush her teeth, and settle into bed for a bedtime story.
Pham’s watercolor and India ink illustrations expertly capture the playful story, with expressive images and humorous depictions of the banter between Mommy and her daughter.