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By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Amazing look at a family's home and life through time.

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This exceptional book is a buoyant mediation on a family growing through time and a house that brims with life and then falls into disrepair and critter invasion after they're gone. Farmhouse is a fantastic read-aloud, with an easy-going rhythm and rhyme that keeps the story bouncing along in one continuous poem peppered with tiny moments of day-to-day life with children.

Sophie Blackall's wonderful art sometimes offers a cross-section look at multiple stories of the house at once. The kids are drawn with distinctive personalities and emotional states, showing squabbles and joys, chores and play, from infancy to gray-haired old age. And it's fascinating to see what becomes of the house after the people move out. Back matter shows photos of the actual house that Blackall saw in that state, which inspired this outstanding book. End papers display a variety of scavenged scraps and items.

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