Farmer's Garden: Rhymes for Two Voices

Farmer's Garden: Rhymes for Two Voices

by David L. Harrison, Arden Johnson-Petrov
     
 

Farmer's dog is a curious dog. He wanders through Farmer's garden greeting each creature, fruit, and vegetable he meets with a question: Butterfly, where have you been? Strawberry, how do you like the garden? Corn, how do you grow? The result is a lyrical conversation in rhyme for two voices.

Overview


Farmer's dog is a curious dog. He wanders through Farmer's garden greeting each creature, fruit, and vegetable he meets with a question: Butterfly, where have you been? Strawberry, how do you like the garden? Corn, how do you grow? The result is a lyrical conversation in rhyme for two voices.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Cheery illustrations are the strength of this poem about animal life in a garden. A wide-eyed Border collie asks questions to a series of characters who inhabit the field. A strawberry, a bunny, a corn stalk, a cow, a chicken, a worm, a carrot, a beetle, a lizard, a radish, a deer, and even the farmer himself sing back their view from among the earthen rows. Along the way, we learn that strawberries dream of being plucked at their peak, that corn has ears, and that lizards delight in beetle dinners. Wanderers from other parts of the farm are warned by the farmer's dog not to trample or scratch the growing seeds. Repetition and wonderful words create interest-sparking alliteration. The series of questions creates the perfect opportunity for a second voice or reader. Onomatopoeia makes the reading come alive. Young readers will enjoy participating in the read-aloud, while very little ones will listen intently. 2000, Wordsong Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 7, $15.95. Reviewer: Leslie Julian—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Farmer's dog visits his master's vegetable garden, conversing with each animal, insect, and plant that he sees there. Harrison's 15 short poems, two-to-four lines per stanza, are printed in two fonts and alternate between the two speakers. While a few of the verses are clever-"Why do you wiggle/and squiggle and squirm?/It's ticklish business/being a worm"-the majority of the selections are somewhat awkward in both vocabulary and rhyme, and lacking in meaning or clever nonsense. ("Carrot, Carrot,/how can you be/happy under his garden?/I love it when Farmer/waters me/and weeds me/in his garden.") The simply styled illustrations are large, bright, and colorful. Many of the critters and vegetables have cartoonlike faces, while the dog looks more realistic. The uneven quality of the text makes this a marginal purchase.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590781777
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

David L. Harrison is the author of more than sixty books, including Dylan the Eagle-Hearted Chicken and the Christopher Award-winning Book of Giant Stories. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Arden Johnson-Petrov has illustrated many books, including Cabbage Moon by Jan Wahl and Bow-Wow Birthday by Lee Wardlaw. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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