I would have chosen The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg as well, but since it was already taken, I picked The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston. It is a very sweet story full of sensory detail.
Also, I am very excited about my new 3rd Grade Owl Themed Reading Graphic Organizers Packet. Each graphic organizer is aligned with the Common Core 3rd grade ELA Reading Literature Standards. Thank you for the wonderful response to my 4th Grade Graphic Organizers. I think that you will find these graphic organizers a great tool for your classroom, as well.
May God bless!