I discovered this book last year and fell in love with it, so we brought it home from the library again this year. It's called the Scarecrow's Dance by Jane Yolen. It's got everything a children's book should have...amazing illustrations, a fun meter and rhyme for reading aloud, and such and uplifting story. The scarecrow decided to leave his post and dance around in the autumn night. Then he finds the little farm boy knealing beside his bed saying his bedtime prayer...praying and thanking God for all the things you'd expect a boy to pray for and ending with the boy praying a blessing on the scarecrow. After that the scarecrow knows how much he's needed a loved and heads back to his post after offering a prayer of his own. I just found the book quietly uplifting while not being at all preachy. I perfect read for fall and Thanksgiving.
After reading it, Becca and I decided to make our own Scarecrow. We kind of made it up while we went along. Here's how we did it...
This is what we started with.
I used a hanger and bent it roughly into the shape of a person. We tied a pencil on to be a back support so she could stand on her own. Besides, the scarecrow in the book is on a pole.
We added some stuffing to fill
Then we wrapped some scrap fabric around the body. I started with her head.
Then around her legs, and added more scrap fabric for the straw.
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