Two-time Newbery Medal winner Lowry tells a positively beautiful story of a young girl whose dad has just returned from war. The action takes place in one day, mostly in the woods, when the father gives his daughter a crow call. "Daddy, daddy," she whispers to herself. "Saying it feels new ... He has been gone so long." The lifelike illustrations ground the story in reality. In a postscript, Lowry writes, "The details of this story are true. They happened in 1945 to me and my father. But parents and children groping toward understanding each other that happens to everyone."