Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

by Paul Brett Johnson

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
On summer Saturdays, Laura and her family drive from their farm to the city to sell their vegetables at market. This is a big adventure for small Laura. She helps to set up the table, she refills cucumber baskets, and when business slows down, she's allowed to visit her Saturday friend, Betsy. The two girls find a windfall, a lost dollar, and after politely trying to find its owner, they treat themselves to ice cream. Then it's time to go home. It's a simple story, but Johnson's pacing, his little ethics lesson, and his sun-drenched acrylic paintings (including a lovely pullout spread of the market), make for a very pleasing package.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A farm family makes their weekly trip to sell produce at a nearby city market. Laura helps at the vegetable stand before meeting a friend. The striking acrylic paintings are the strongest part of the book. Johnson starts off with the cool colors of the early dawn as Laura and her family load the truck for their trip to the city. The hues brighten to the full-light noon of a summer celebration, with colorful umbrellas and food for sale. The center of the book opens out to a wordless four page spread showing Laura taking in the sights of the market from artists and craftspeople to other farmers. Unfortunately, the text is drab compared to the vivid pictures. Laura finds her friend, who is surrounded by the colorful flowers her mother sells. The text describes the girl "putting rubber bands around bunches of dried stuff," without providing any more detail. The girls' big adventure is to find a dollar bill and spend it on ice cream. This event hardly needed the unique backdrop of the market. The language never conveys the sights and sounds and smells of the setting. Eve Bunting's Market Day (HarperCollins, 1996) and Katrin Hyman Tchana's Oh, No, Toto (Scholastic, 1997) are better titles that take advantage of the market setting.Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
9.14(w) x 10.59(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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