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Come To The Fair
     

Come To The Fair

by Janet Lunn, Gilles Pelletier (Illustrator)
 
What could be more fun than a country fair? There are so many delights to choose from: the many farm animals, the colorful quilts, the penmanship contests, the delicious pies to eat, and best of all, the friends to see. Gilles Pelletier’s colorful naive paintings capture the flavor of country fairs from coast to coast, however they are celebrated.

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What could be more fun than a country fair? There are so many delights to choose from: the many farm animals, the colorful quilts, the penmanship contests, the delicious pies to eat, and best of all, the friends to see. Gilles Pelletier’s colorful naive paintings capture the flavor of country fairs from coast to coast, however they are celebrated.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Pelletier’s…paintings are animated and brilliantly colored, and the style is perfectly suited to complement the nostalgic text.”
School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Opening this book is like stepping back into a simpler time and a more neighborly place. Full-page paintings in bright naive style alternate with large white pages on which a couple of text lines are centered. The invitation offered by the title is accepted when the reader opens the book. On page one, readers along with the neighbors are getting ready to go to the fair. Throughout the book, they experience the day's events; and by the last page, they're full of all the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the once-a-year extravaganza. As they close the book, readers will be tired, but so glad they went to the fair!
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Step back a generation or two into a familiar rural scenethe county fair. With spare text, Lunn captures the mounting excitement from the opening pages as the Martin family prepares for their day away from the farm. Mother checks her prized pumpkin that she will enter in a contest, grandfather and the hired man coax the pig into the wagon, George gets his heifer ready for the show. In town, there are tractors and cowboys and spectators galore. At the fairgrounds, people scrub and brush their animals and display their cakes and pies, fruits and vegetables, hooked rugs and quilts for the judges. Add the sulky horse races, the wonderful evening concert, and a blazing fireworks display and the memorable day is complete. Pelletier's full-page, primitive style paintings are animated and brilliantly colored, and the style is perfectly suited to complement the nostalgic text on each facing page. Readers will enjoy identifying the fair-goers' dozens of activities, including the involvements of the Martin's family dog, who appears on nearly every page. There is little narrative tension (will Mother's pumpkin win this year?), but the story is gentle and comforting. Gail Gibbons's Country Fair (Little, Brown, 1994) is for a slightly younger audience and SuAnn Kiser's The Hog Call to End All (Orchard, 1994) is a similar offering, but this book's design makes it a cut above the others.Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887765766
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
10.41(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Lunn is one of the most admired writers for children. She is respected for her historical fiction, focussing on American and Canadian history in Laura Secord, The Root Cellar, Shadow in Hawthorn Bay, The Hollow Tree, and Charlotte. Her many honors, national and international, include the Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and The Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award. Raised in Vermont, Janet Lunn resides in Ottawa.

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