Farm

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Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, Elisha Cooper, captures the smell, taste, and feel of the changing seasons on a farm.

Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, Elisha Cooper, captures the smell, taste, and feel of the changing seasons on a farm.
There is so much to look at and learn about on a farm - animals, tractors, crops, and barns. And children feeding animals for morning chores! With lyrical writing and ...

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Overview


Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, Elisha Cooper, captures the smell, taste, and feel of the changing seasons on a farm.

Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, Elisha Cooper, captures the smell, taste, and feel of the changing seasons on a farm.
There is so much to look at and learn about on a farm - animals, tractors, crops, and barns. And children feeding animals for morning chores! With lyrical writing and beautiful illustrations that capture the rhythms of the changing seasons, Elisha Cooper brings the farm to life.

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Cooper (Beach) creates a joyful tribute to family farms in this luminous and lyrical picture book. The text is stately, quiet, and poetic (\u201cMorning chores would be better if they didn't happen every morning\u201d), and the book slowly takes readers through a year of planting, good and bad weather, and ordinary details about farm life. At the same time, Cooper includes enough specific portraits and names to make the book seem like a felicitous cross between fiction and nonfiction. Like a puzzlemaker, Cooper begins with a sequence of cumulative phrases and sketchbook-style paintings: \u201cTake a farmer, another farmer, a boy, a girl. Add a house, two barns, four silos.... Then cattle, chickens, countless cats, a dog. Put them all together and you get...\u201d A page turn reveals \u201c...a farm,\u201d broad and serene, stretched across the palest of skies. Delicately shaded watercolors, outlined in black, are a mix of spot art, clustered images, and spectacular spreads that portray the farm and its inhabitants from diverse points of view. The graceful text and serenely stunning illustrations create a portrait both reverent and realistic. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
-- Publisher's Weekly
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
The world of a farm begins with some of the different parts, like the farmers, a house, a couple of barns, some silos, tractors, and animals—as if readers were to prepare and mix ingredients in a recipe. The farm is the main focus with its many different activities in its life. The activities from preparation for spring planting to fall harvesting are shared as the farm's life events. The animals weave in and out of the story, as do the lives of the nameless people and their relationship with the farm. The watercolor and pencil illustrations portray the different parts and times of the farm. The monochrome end pages of the book present a bird's eye view of farms that seem like a patch quilt. At the beginning of the book, there is a glossary with descriptions of some words related to farming. As a read aloud, the whole story may be long for young children and some of the small pictures may be difficult to see. However, the sensory descriptions of the farm and the similes create images that enrich the story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—A husband and wife and their two children live on a farm. The heavily illustrated narrative, which begins in March and ends in November, describes how each season brings different sights, smells, and activities. Using a variety of machinery, the farmers prepare for planting, harvesting, and storing crops of feed corn. The children are involved in growing and maintaining a smaller garden of vegetables and feeding the cows and chickens. As the weather becomes warmer, there is time to relax on a tire swing or fish in a creek, but the family will have to make trips into town for supplies and business transactions. While they have plenty to eat, young readers will glimpse some of the hardships of their life. Weather can delay a farmer's plans and nearby wildlife means danger for some of the barnyard animals. The watercolor and pencil artwork, highlighting the open skies and vast prairie fields, complements the text and changes from browns to greens as the temperature rises and falls. Although the text is too long for a read-aloud, and the small images are best appreciated one-on-one, Cooper's book will give children a comprehensive view of farm life, both visually and textually.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Abby McGanney Nolan
He uses watercolor and pencil for delicate landscapes as well as for smaller figures that have the intriguing quality of inkblots. Cooper's text is full of the day-to-day of farming, progressing from early spring to late fall, and features plenty of understated observations…
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Cooper (Beach) creates a joyful tribute to family farms in this luminous and lyrical picture book. The text is stately, quiet, and poetic (“Morning chores would be better if they didn't happen every morning”), and the book slowly takes readers through a year of planting, good and bad weather, and ordinary details about farm life. At the same time, Cooper includes enough specific portraits and names to make the book seem like a felicitous cross between fiction and nonfiction. Like a puzzlemaker, Cooper begins with a sequence of cumulative phrases and sketchbook-style paintings: “Take a farmer, another farmer, a boy, a girl. Add a house, two barns, four silos.... Then cattle, chickens, countless cats, a dog. Put them all together and you get...” A page turn reveals “...a farm,” broad and serene, stretched across the palest of skies. Delicately shaded watercolors, outlined in black, are a mix of spot art, clustered images, and spectacular spreads that portray the farm and its inhabitants from diverse points of view. The graceful text and serenely stunning illustrations create a portrait both reverent and realistic. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
Agriculture receives exhaustive treatment in this text-laden picture book about people, animals and fields on the farm from the beginning to the end of the growing season. While the language rings lyrical and pure, it dominates, detracting from the dappled watercolor-and-line illustrations. Blocks of white space, chunks of text and small watercolor vignettes alternate across double-page spreads, capturing the endless activity of farm life but also creating a disjointed reading experience. When Cooper delivers panoramic vistas of the farm, its barns, fields and big sky, he leaves readers awestruck. Elementary-school readers will fidget, however, as this long picture book continues to deliver details about planting, tilling, the girl, the cat, the cow and weather changes. Their eyes will flit across pages, across too many words and pockets of illustration that leave them jumbled, tired and wishing this farm offered more wide-open spaces and quiet. (Informational picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545070751
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 230,575
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.88 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author


Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of FARM, which received starred reviews in THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, and BEACH, which won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Other picture books include A GOOD NIGHT WALK, MAGIC THINKS BIG, and DANCE!, a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Elisha Cooper lives with his family in New York City. For more information, go to www.elishacooper.com.
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