Parents' Guide to

The Farmer and the Clown

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Two strangers form an unlikely bond in sweet wordless tale.

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This is an utterly charming wordless tale that shows the sweet friendship that blossoms between the little clown and the white-haired farmer. The little boy learns about work and life on the farm, and the farmer opens up to his unexpected visitor and taps into his playful, childish side.

Author-illustrator Marla Frazee uses an earthy palette -- except for the baby clown's bright red onesie -- that's perfect for the wide-open-plains setting. She deftly conveys the growing bond between the two and imbues both characters with clear personalities. It's very touching but not sappy. Brilliantly achieved in all ways.

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