Submitted by Connie Herbon, Iowa

Idea posted September 4, 2002

We enjoy using the book WALTZ OF THE SCARECROWS by Constance McGeorge, Chronicle pub., with the song "Mister Scarecrow" by Gail Keene (from Music K-8, Vol. 11, No. 1). The book relates to the themes of family and passing along traditions, in addition to the obvious waltz connection. Here's a short description: "While staying with her grandparents on their farm, Sarah discovers the secret behind the local tradition of dressing the scarecrows in formal gowns and fancy coats." Charming story and beautiful illustrations!