THOMAS SCARECROW by Otfried Preussler


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To the scarecrow guarding the field of cabbages is given quite a range of human emotions. In chapters that involve almost no action, the author concentrates on endowing Thomas with the power to think, to feel and to dream. The scarecrow can to everything except move and speak. ""Thomas Scarecrow sometimes shivered with the old."" He was also uncomfortable in wet weather and satisfied in the sun. Bearing all this in mind, his ending seems cruel. The farm family, all unaware that this is a sensitive and cerebral scarecrow, burn him at the end of the harvest season. Even though his smoke is released to float around the world he wished to see, it is unfortunate that the author could not dispose of-in a more humane way-the straw man he hose to bring to life. It's an easy reader from the same author who did The Wise Men of Schilda (1963, p. 566, J-24). The monotonous life and flaming death of Thomas includes side information on growing cabbages.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1964
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman