Review By JESSICA ALMY
All that the scarecrow in Tim Preston and Maggie Kneen’s picture book wants is for the animals to like him. If only he weren’t so, well, scary.
This simple story follows the progression of the seasons with stunning illustrations of foxes, badgers, ducks, mice, and even a snail. The wheat grows, the animals scurry away from the passing of the combine, and the leaves fall from the trees. Eventually, a heavy snow falls, transforming the ugly scarecrow into a jolly snowman. At last, the animals come near to be with him! And when the snow melts away, they remain his friends.
The messages in this book are many: the importance of patience, the changes brought by the passage of time, the kinship of all animals.