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Summary: It's October and Martha Marie (10) and her brother Robbie (5) have a day off from school. While Martha began clearing breakfast dishes, Robbie began rocking on his toy pony. When Martha realized Robbie and Tony are missing, she begins a search, that ultimately takes her to Scarecrow Land. This is an imaginative fantasy is a novel in verse.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 12 and Up
Adult Reader Reaction: The fantasy is quite intriguing, but not nearly as incredible as telling the story completely in rhyming verse. The author does an incredible job enchanting you with rhyme, but not at the expense of telling a great story.
Pros: The book moves quickly and you readily share Martha's emotions on the journey to find her brother. The pictures scattered throughout the book are a nice complement and add visual depth. The vocabulary is sophisticated; these are not "roses are red/violets are blue" couplets.
Borrow or Buy: Buy, especially if you love fantasy stories.
Educational Themes: The story offers additional learning on several levels. First, there is the use of imagination and "what if" and "what would you do" ideas. The poetry offers a way of introducing the genre as a story-telling vehicle, not just short topical pieces.