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By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Catchy art and story, all about the rhythms of farm life.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Pacing & story didn't captivate my toddlers

My 2 1/2 and 4 year old couldn't get into this book quite yet. We tried several times and I never managed to finish the whole book. I liked it and I think they would too but they must just be too young. And my kids can normally handle some pretty long picture books so clearly this one just wasn't quite right for them at this age.
age 17+

Good for any age.

I thank this book is a good book.

This title has:

Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Most books about farms for kids are cute and simple; this one is different, and quite amazing. It has a depth that is unusual in most picture books as well as a poetic beauty that will especially hit home with anyone who has experienced rural life. For those who have not, it will give  a very realistic, multi-dimensional impression of what it would be like to live on a family farm. Not only will the storyline, and the way it is told,  hold the interest of young readers, but the artwork will intrigue readers of any age. The author weaves several threads in and out of the story as he shows how the seasons affect the farmer, kids, animals, and crops, how the soil changes, and how the smells and sounds of the farm reflect the different times of year. All of that is absolutely enriched by the artwork.  Not only is each illustration as lyrical and detailed as the story, but the variety of ways each is presented on the page makes the book all the more captivating.

Soft, poetically simple but delicately detailed watercolor and pencil illustrations enrich every page of this book as well as the cover, inside and out.  And the arrangement of the artwork on the pages varies, which definitely adds another level of interest. Some paintings are full-page spreads illustrating a single line of text, some are small barely painted sketches almost arranged like a comic strip, while others are fully detailed, though small and scattered several to a page. Some pages contain both sketches and half-page spreads. All in all, the variety adds dimension and reflects the complexity of the whole farm life experience. 

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