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Crow Made a Friend Book Tour & Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to be a part of the TLC tour for Crow Made a Friend by Margaret Peot!

Recommended for Children Ages: 4 to 8
Themes: Easy Readers, Animals/Fiction, Friendship

Book Synopsis
Try, try again is the lesson Crow teaches beginning readers in this picture book reader. Crow was all alone. But like all crows, he was very clever. Using autumn leaves for wings, sticks for the body and a crab apple for the head, Crow made a friend! But winter winds blew in, destroying his creation. Undaunted, Crow fashioned another bird friend out of snow but could not prevent it from melting in the warm spring sun. Alone again, Crow heard the caw, caw, caw of a real, live bird. Together they built a nest and by summer, Crow had a family. This warm, satisfying story, celebrates perseverance and ingenuity.

Making new friends can be intimidating, but it’s definitely rewarding. After all, friends form a big part of our life. They are the ones who walk through life together, share our ups and downs and joys and pains. Without friends, life wouldn’t be the same at all.  The lonely crow in this book certainly understands this so he goes on a quest to make a new friend and ends up starting a new family at the end.

The kids and I really enjoy this book!  It’s a wonderful, charming, beautifully illustrated, short story that my three-year old daughter can read word for word on her own.  It’s a quick read and perfect for beginning readers to enjoy over and over.  I think the overall messages about the importance of friends and continual effort are easy enough even for the youngest readers to understand.

After reading the book, the kids and I did the craft activity that was included to make our own “friend”.  I adore doing craft activities with the kids after reading the book as it seems to help reinforce what we’ve just read while having fun.  You can download your very own crow activity sheet here!

I’m a true believer that children’s books teach us some of life’s most valuable lessons.  The valuable lesson I took away from this book is the key to making new friends is YOU!  Friends will not magically come your way.  It takes time, trying different things, and lots of effort on your part.  Just like shopping for shoes, you have to try on lots of pairs before finding the right fit.

About the Author

Margaret Peot is an artist, writer, and a teacher.  Some of her other books include: Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity (Boyds Mills 2011), The Successful Artist’s Career Guide: Finding Your Way in the Business of Art (F&W 2012)Alternative Art Journals: Explore Innovative Approaches to Collecting Your Creativity (F&W 2012), and Make Your Mark: Explore Your Creativity and Discover Your Inner Artist (Chronicle Books, 2004).

Margaret attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and studied with Alex McKibben, Rocio Rodriguez, Lon Beck, Thomas Effler, Geoff Fishburn, Michael Griffiths, and Crossan Curry. She is currently serving on the first College of Creative Arts Advisory Board at Miami.

Connect With Margaret!
Author’s Website
The InkBlotBook
Pinterest (Crow)
Pinterest (Birding)

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Now you can enter to win a copy of the book!  TLC Book Tours is Giving Away a Copy of Crow Made a Friend to one random reader. To enter simply leave a comment below.  Hurry, ends Monday, November 16, 2015.

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  • Reply katie klein

    This looks like an adorable book my boys would love.

    November 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Pearl

    Thanks for this precious book which I would enjoy reading to my grandchildren who would adore it.

    November 11, 2015 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Cindy O'neal

    Would love to read this to my 6 yr old grand daughter

    November 12, 2015 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Brenda G.

    I’d love to share this with my niece.

    November 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Laura

    This book really looks like one my older daughter would enjoy. She is my little social butterfly makes friends everywhere we go!

    November 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Melissa B.

    This would make a great gift for my nephew.

    November 12, 2015 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Brook

    This looks like such a sweet book! My kids would love it 🙂 We are always looking for new kids books to read together.

    November 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Jessie

    Always up for free books!

    November 13, 2015 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Audra

    I would love to win for my daughter

    November 14, 2015 at 12:43 am
  • Reply missy ellis


    November 14, 2015 at 5:59 am
  • Reply angela lazo

    I would love to read this book to my son

    November 15, 2015 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Diana Hatch

    Looks perfect for my grandson

    November 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Danielle Jones

    This looks like a good book for my nephews. I wish my son was still young enough to be read to, but since he’s not I love to read to my nephews.

    November 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Stephanie O'Day

    Looks like a wonderful book! The cover art is beautiful!

    November 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Clay

    This books sounds really cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

    November 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply megan tilley

    This looks great we love to read in our family!

    November 15, 2015 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Pamela

    Sounds like a sweet book with an excellent message for our little ones!

    November 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Helen

    My little girl would love this

    November 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Aubree Brown

    Looks like a great book:)

    November 15, 2015 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Annmarie W.

    This would be such a nice book for my niece, who is starting to read!

    November 15, 2015 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Donna L

    I would love to give this book to my grandson.

    November 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Charles-Linda Bradshaw

    My grandson would love this. It sounds interesting.

    November 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Wehaf

    This sounds like a charming story, and, based on the cover, I like the illustration style.

    November 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Julie Waldron

    Looks like a cute book. 🙂

    November 16, 2015 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Danielle Priser

    What an adorable book! I can think of a couple of kiddos that would adore this!

    November 16, 2015 at 12:48 am
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    November 16, 2015 at 1:30 am
  • Reply kelly mcgrew

    my sister just announced she’s expecting and i plan on making the little one an avid reader! this would be a great first book to start the collection! thanks for the chance to win! looks like beautiful artwork.

    November 16, 2015 at 1:32 am
  • Reply Heather J @ TLC Book Tours

    “the key to making new friends is YOU” Oh my gosh yes, what a great lesson to remember.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    November 16, 2015 at 1:34 am
    • Reply Mrs. G

      Thank you for having me on the tour, Heather! The kids and I really enjoyed the book and craft project.

      November 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Marissa S.

    This looks like a beautiful book!

    November 16, 2015 at 2:28 am
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