By Dawn Friedman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Outstanding pictures make this farm worth a visit.
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Everyone helps out around the farm -- there's lots of work to do!
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive about this funny little book. Parents might like the example Edward sets with his working vacation!
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What's the Story?
City slicker dog Edward comes to visit his canine relatives' farm and finds there's lots to do! Even though Edward is a guest, he's willing to lend a hand around the place, and his day is very busy. Kids might be surprised about all that needs to get done every day on the farm.
Is It Any Good?
The best thing about this book are the pictures. With broad, colorful oil paints, Teague succeeds in bringing a very funny farm to life. The illustrations are also where all the humor lies -- cows playing volleyball? Check! Ants plowing a field? Check! Kids will love finding all the funny little details in each scene. They'll also like noting how out of place Edward looks in his formal suit and red bowtie as he tries to help his country kin. The text of the story may go pretty quickly, but make sure kids slow down and check out the details in the pictures.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about all the chores Edward has to do. What kinds of chores need to get done at your house? What chores do you like to do? Why is it important for everyone to pitch in?
- Author: Mark Teague
- Illustrator: Mark Teague
- Genre: Picture Book
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Orchard Books
- Publication date: April 1, 2009
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 32
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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