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Lila and the Crow
by Gabrielle Grimard


Overview - Lila has just moved to a new town and can't wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: "A crow A crow The new girl's hair is black like a crow " The others whisper and laugh, and Lila's heart grows as heavy as a stone.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Lila has just moved to a new town and can't wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: "A crow A crow The new girl's hair is black like a crow " The others whisper and laugh, and Lila's heart grows as heavy as a stone.

The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow who seems to want to tell her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won't go away.

Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching. While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila's eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781554518586
  • ISBN-10: 155451858X
  • Publisher: Annick Press
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Bullying

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

New in town, Lila hopes to make friends at school but is instead taunted by her classmates. Led by a redheaded boy named Nathan, the children point and laugh at Lila, describing her hair, skin, and eyes as being black like a crow (in reality, her skin is light brown). In her first outing as an author, illustrator Grimard (Not My Girl) delivers a painful story of exclusion and bullying, tinged with magic. As the days pass, Lila covers her features with a scarf, sweater, and glasses while rejecting an actual crow that seems to be reaching out to her. Grimards windswept paintings emphasize Lilas isolation as the story builds to a triumphant conclusion brought about when she sees a crow up close: Shes surprised to see how beautiful its black feathers are, highlighted with purple. After hundreds of crows descend and encircle the girl, she gathers their feathers to create a crow costume for an upcoming school festival, reclaiming her nickname and winning over her classmates. Though this turnaround comes a bit easily, Grimards story never sugarcoats the depths of Lilas hurt. Ages 58. (Oct.)

 
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