Friday, July 23, 2010


Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant follows a scarecrow's life during the seasonal changes faced in a year. I never stopped to think about a scarecrow being borrowed, until I read this opening..."His hat is borrowed, his suit is borrowed, his hands are borrowed, even his head is borrowed. And his eyes probably came out of someones drawer." Cynthia Rylant uses her beautiful descriptive language to bring the scarecrow and setting to life. Lauren Stringer brings the illustrations to life with detail using warm acrylic paints. This book would also enhance a unit of study about seasons and/or changes.

This book was suggested in More Than Guided Reading to discuss visualizing.


  1. Cynthia Rylant is just one of those authors I feel like I could pull of the shelf anytime. Her books work for so many different types of teaching, are great mentors for students, and have story lines that children enjoy. I wish I could write like that!

  2. She is one of my all time favorites! I love to read her books to my kindergarteners. We love this one and Night in the Country. They are in awe when they think about all of the sounds the nocturnal animals hear while we are up and about. And, for think about things from the Scarecrow's perspective. It is often hard for young children to take the perspective of someone else. These are just two of her books that help to illustrate that for kids. She is an amazing writer. I wish I could write like her too! Love her!