Anna on the Farm

Anna on the Farm

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by Mary Downing Hahn, Diane deGroat
     
 

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Anna is thrilled when she receives an invitation to leave hot, sticky Baltimore and visit her aunt and uncle on their farm, where she’ll be able to go barefoot, swim in the pond, and drink fresh-squeezed lemonade. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an unpleasant surprise: her uncle’s nephew, Theodore, who delights in teasing her mercilessly about… See more details below

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Anna is thrilled when she receives an invitation to leave hot, sticky Baltimore and visit her aunt and uncle on their farm, where she’ll be able to go barefoot, swim in the pond, and drink fresh-squeezed lemonade. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an unpleasant surprise: her uncle’s nephew, Theodore, who delights in teasing her mercilessly about her city ways. Anna refuses to let Theodore get the best of her, though, and in a series of suspenseful adventures and hilarious mishaps she proves that she isn’t just a city slicker, after all.
In this lively sequel to Anna All Year Round, award-winning author Mary Downing Hahn again draws on her own mother’s childhood experiences just before World War I. The result is a gathering of humorous, heartwarming episodes filled with both the delights and difficulties that have always accompanied the journey of growing up.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to Anna All Year Round, set just before WWI, nine-year-old Anna is happy to spend a week at her aunt and uncle's farm in Anna on the Farm by Mary Downing Hahn, illus. by Diane de Groat. All runs smoothly until she meets Theodore, who calls her a "stuck-up city slicker" and spurs her to prove that she's just as clever and brave as he is. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this lively sequel to Anna All Year Round, the young protagonist, Anna, is looking for a way to escape the hot summers of Baltimore. Her best friends are going to the beach or the mountains, but Anna's family cannot afford a vacation. Then, as if by magic, she receives a special invitation from her aunt and uncle to spend a week with them on their farm in the country. Anna is so excited about visiting Aunt Aggie and Uncle George that she gives little thought to how different life on a farm will be for a born and bred city girl. Her first challenge greets her when she meets Uncle George's orphaned nephew, Theodore, who has come to live on the farm. Theodore is trouble for Annie from the start. He shuts Annie in the hen house with the mean rooster and tells her to ride the "not-so-willing" billy goat. Anna is determined to have a good time in spite of Theodore's taunts of "city slicker." Young readers will relate to the colorful characters and adventures, which are based on the childhood experiences of the authors mother. Set in the time of pre-World War I, the gaslights of the city and horse-drawn carriages add charm and detail to this appealing story. 2001, Clarion Books, $15.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
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"Anna is a character filled with life and energy whose further adventures would be most welcome." Kirkus Reviews

In this sequel to Anna All Year Round (1999), nine-year-old Anna travels to spend a week in the country with Aunt Aggie and Uncle George. She is ecstatic (since all her Baltimore friends have left on vacations) until she discovers that her aunt and uncle have taken ina young orphan named Theodore. The rivalry between the children results in a series of pranks, but eventually the children become good friends. Unlike the earlier, more episodic title, the action here is more focused and the characters more fleshed out. Particularly interesting is the contrast between Anna's mother (a rigid woman with definite Old World ideas about ladylike behavior) and Aunt Aggie, who allows Anna to wear overalls for play and encourages her to have fun. The details in the setting (early-twentieth-century Baltimore, Washington and rural Prince Georges County) add to the richness of the text, as do the illustrations by Diane De Groat. A good choice for easy-chapter-book readers, especially those who have met Anna before.
Booklist, ALA

The nine-year-old protagonist introduced in Anna All Year Round (Clarion, 1999) is facing a long, hot Baltimore summer with no vacation plans or funds. Then her parents spring a surprise on her: she may spend a week at her uncle's farm. Anna continues throughout the novel to deal with opposing emotions. She's initially thrilled to be escaping the boredom of the city, but then fears being so far from her parents. After arriving at the farm, she gloomily discovers another guest, her uncle's nephew Theodore. He torments her continuously, calling her a city slicker, locking her in the henhouse, etc. Not being a meek or mousy child, Anna one-ups him each and every time. When the week has ended, they've come to a respectful understanding. Anna then faces her mother's horror at finding her daughter freckled, dirty, and wearing overalls. The novel is rollicking fun and gives a great glimpse of life in pre-World War I America. Readers will love the battle of wills Anna and Theodore fight before becoming friends, and their humorous escapades during the week together. De Groat's full-page sketch for each of the 13 chapters is perfectly in tune with the mood of the story. The novel is a good next step for readers graduating from "American Girl" stories.
School Library Journal

Once again, Hahn defies nostalgia with both the immediacy and the honesty of her up-close, present tense telling.
Horn Book

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547562995
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/19/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
681,377
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"Anna is a character filled with life and energy whose further adventures would be most welcome." Kirkus Reviews

In this sequel to Anna All Year Round (1999), nine-year-old Anna travels to spend a week in the country with Aunt Aggie and Uncle George. She is ecstatic (since all her Baltimore friends have left on vacations) until she discovers that her aunt and uncle have taken ina young orphan named Theodore. The rivalry between the children results in a series of pranks, but eventually the children become good friends. Unlike the earlier, more episodic title, the action here is more focused and the characters more fleshed out. Particularly interesting is the contrast between Anna's mother (a rigid woman with definite Old World ideas about ladylike behavior) and Aunt Aggie, who allows Anna to wear overalls for play and encourages her to have fun. The details in the setting (early-twentieth-century Baltimore, Washington and rural Prince Georges County) add to the richness of the text, as do the illustrations by Diane De Groat. A good choice for easy-chapter-book readers, especially those who have met Anna before.
Booklist, ALA

The nine-year-old protagonist introduced in Anna All Year Round (Clarion, 1999) is facing a long, hot Baltimore summer with no vacation plans or funds. Then her parents spring a surprise on her: she may spend a week at her uncle's farm. Anna continues throughout the novel to deal with opposing emotions. She's initially thrilled to be escaping the boredom of the city, but then fears being so far from her parents. After arriving at the farm, she gloomily discovers another guest, her uncle's nephew Theodore. He torments her continuously, calling her a city slicker, locking her in the henhouse, etc. Not being a meek or mousy child, Anna one-ups him each and every time. When the week has ended, they've come to a respectful understanding. Anna then faces her mother's horror at finding her daughter freckled, dirty, and wearing overalls. The novel is rollicking fun and gives a great glimpse of life in pre-World War I America. Readers will love the battle of wills Anna and Theodore fight before becoming friends, and their humorous escapades during the week together. De Groat's full-page sketch for each of the 13 chapters is perfectly in tune with the mood of the story. The novel is a good next step for readers graduating from "American Girl" stories.
School Library Journal

Once again, Hahn defies nostalgia with both the immediacy and the honesty of her up-close, present tense telling.
Horn Book

Read More

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