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Barn Savers
     

Barn Savers

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by Linda Oatman High, Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
 

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The barn is old. The boards are beaten. A hundred years of wind and rain have taken their toll. When you step inside, you can smell the hay and horses. It's a beautiful place, this barn, in its rugged way. But now it's time for the barn to come down. Fortunately, the barn will not be crushed by the blade of a bulldozer. It will be dismantled slowly, piece by piece

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The barn is old. The boards are beaten. A hundred years of wind and rain have taken their toll. When you step inside, you can smell the hay and horses. It's a beautiful place, this barn, in its rugged way. But now it's time for the barn to come down. Fortunately, the barn will not be crushed by the blade of a bulldozer. It will be dismantled slowly, piece by piece, by the barn savers. The barn savers, a father and son, take care to save everything--the joists, the rafters, the flooring, the roofing. In this way, the barn will never be gone. Somewhere parts of it may live for another hundred years. This is the hope of the barn savers. Linda Oatman High's story quietly celebrates something beautiful and something old, as a father and son bring down a barn with hard work and respect. Ted Lewin's dramatic illustrations pay homage to the old barn in all its gray and weathered glory.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A boy and his father work at dismantling a barn. "We'll recycle the whole barn...It'll sell like hot cakes: people building barns, people building houses, people building houses to look like barns, people fixing up barns for houses. This barn will live for another hundred years, in a hundred different places." Lewin's watercolor paintings are evocative of place and mood, and the text adequately relates what the "barn savers" are up to on this particular day. Readers also get the idea that the American countryside is littered with old barns destined for total destruction if they are not recycled or renovated. What the author does not make palpable is the individuality, history, or inherent aesthetic value of the structures and the materials of which they are made. Because of this scanty explication and because of the rather specialized subject matter, this book will probably not find wide readership.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers will look upon old barns with new eyes after they encounter this straightforward picture book from High (The Beekeepers, 1998, etc.). A boy and his father learn how to recycle old barns that would otherwise be demolished. Instead of seeing the old barns as waste material, the father finds beauty in the rafters and beams that will be put to use in building new barns and houses that may endure for another century. The father passes on to his son a belief that the barn is a treasure, holding secrets to the past that can never be truly known; therefore, it deserves to be respectfully saved. As the gentle story unfolds, the son takes away new understanding, but also a time-worn weathervane. Lewin's realistic, detailed watercolors portray both the hard work involved in recycling old barns and his own respect for such buildings and their heritage. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590789643
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
32
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Oatman High, author of Beekeepers and other books for children, lives in Narvon, Pennsylvania.

Ted Lewin has illustrated numerous books for children, including The Always Prayer Shawl, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and Pepe the Lamplighter by Elise Bartone, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

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Barn Savers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Booklist-review journal of the American Library Association-named BARN SAVERS Top Of The List Best Picture Book of 1999.