The Scarecrow's Dance

The Scarecrow's Dance


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Jane Yolen introduces us to the fickle scarecrow, who decides to leave his station and dance away the fall night. He leaps through the fields until he reaches the farmhouse, where he sees a small light in the window. Inside, a boy is saying his prayers, and he offers up a special prayer for the corn that will be harvested in the morning. Humbled, the scarecrow knows what he has to do: He returns to the field and watches over the corn as only he can. Masterfully told, with illustrations by award winner Bagram Ibatoulline, this book has all the makings of a new classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416937708
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 175,716
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 380 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. She is known for her beautiful poetry, picture books, fairy tales, novels, and nonfiction, and has even been called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” (Newsweek). She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at

Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. His first book was Philip Booth's Crossing, named a 2001 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. He is best known for his books with Kate di Camillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Great Joy. Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

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The Scarecrow's Dance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Miss_Lea_Ann More than 1 year ago
I work in a Children's Department at Barnes & Noble, and when this book appeared on my shelving cart, I literally gasped at how beautiful it is - and then, when I saw who the writer and illustrator were, I actually hugged the book! It is a wonderful, unexpected collaboration between one of my favorite read-aloud authors Jane Yolen, whose earlier books I've read at Storytime with great response from the kids, and Bagram Ibatoulline, who illustrated another one of my favorite picture books, Kate diCamillo's moving Christmas story "Great Joy." Yolen's story truly makes the scarecrow come alive, and Ibatoulline's illustrations are breathtaking. "The Scarecrow's Dance" will definitely be on my Storytime list for October, and I also am buying a copy to decorate my bookshelf at home.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the dark of night, a scarecrow is released from his bonds by the autumn wind. Liberated, he dances through the night until he comes upon a boy, softly praying in the yellow light of his room - praying for a bountiful corn harvest. Both grave and uplifting, this is a beautifully illustrated, rhyming story that speaks to our sense of freedom, of faith, and of duty. A unique book.
brendanFK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely stunning art and design accompanies this touching story. A rhyming text tells the of a scarecrow who joyfully dances away from his pole and field of corn, but he comes upon the farmer's child praying for blessings upon their scarecrow who guards the corn, and gains a greater appreciation of his duty. The text has a great rhythm and is very lively and engaging, but it is the art that carries this story. The colors of a darkening world and the glowing lights of a farmhouse, are full of wonder and mystery. The angles and depth of the field (no pun intended) are full of drama and carry an epic and serious tone. The art seems a bit out of place with the text at first but unifies the talk of duty and god at the end with the jovial and whimsical dancing scarecrow of the beginning. It would have made a more universal book without the reference to "God" and just to prayer, and I am left unclear about what the model is of the relationship of creative expression (dance) with responibility/work. *--spoiler alert start --> Are we not supposed to go dancing and remain always vigil in the field? I really hope that the scarecrow takes the occasional nighttime dace in the future, because otherwise it sets up a world where the scarecrow is chained to his duty and has no venue for creative expression or play. I think that the idea of responsibility and its relationship to play is one that kids can really relate to, but I do not like the idea that the two things are incompatible, and I don't think that is helpful for kids. I also don't like the idea that God need be involved for us to realize our responsibility to others.
Mista-Lista More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my daughter at our local library. The story was kind of mediocre...the only thing beautiful about the book is the art. It's sad when you pickup a book because the art is awesome, but you are let down by an uninteresting story. This book only works if your child really likes scarecrows or is religious (the story has a boy who prays about the scarecrow).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thought provoking story with beautiful pictures--great book for all ages.