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Harvest Home

Harvest Home

by Jane Yolen, Greg Shed
     
 

The moon grows fatter, the days grow shorter, and it is time to bring in the harvest.
Written in the style of the traditional harvest song, Harvest Home tells the story of a family that toils together to make the work of harvesting lighter. Jane Yolen's spirited verse resonates with the magic of an American heartland tradition. Greg Shed's radiant art

Overview


The moon grows fatter, the days grow shorter, and it is time to bring in the harvest.
Written in the style of the traditional harvest song, Harvest Home tells the story of a family that toils together to make the work of harvesting lighter. Jane Yolen's spirited verse resonates with the magic of an American heartland tradition. Greg Shed's radiant art captures the warm spirit of this special time of year.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This glowing collaboration celebrates a way of life that has all but disappeared in much of the modern world. In rhythmic verse, young Bess tells of reaping the season's wheat at the end of a bountiful summer of planting. The work is hard and the heat is relentless, but the family forges ahead, anticipating the end of their labors and the celebratory meal for all of the friends and family who have helped with "Bringing the harvest home." The book concludes with a brief summary of harvest customs around the world and simple instructions for fashioning a harvest doll. Shed's sun-kissed, gouache-on-canvas illustrations, filling almost three-quarters of each spread, are a fine and fitting accompaniment to Yolen's text. A reflective and respectful tribute to a bygone era.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Yolen (Girl in a Cage, above, etc.) focuses on family, tradition, and the fruit of the earth in her latest effort, illustrated in golden tones by Shed (I Loved You Before You Were Born, not reviewed, etc.). Written in the voice of the girl narrator, the rhythmic chant begins: "Three months just past, I helped to sow, / Bringing the harvest home, / I planted wheat in every row, / Bringing the harvest home. / Each tiny grain was set in earth / To give the wheat a wholesome berth./ A summer�s coin, a year�s full worth, / Bringing the harvest home." Throughout, Shed�s luminous full-bleed portraits, rendered in gouache and gently textured with the grain of canvas and brush, stretch across each double-paged spread, abutting text set against a panel the color of sweet butter. Shed captures Bess, brother Ned, mother, father, and others as they work the field. One stunning portrait, for example, pictures Bess bearing a load of wheat in her arms while her mother and sister work in the distance ("Two rows behind work Ma and Jen, / Bringing the harvest home. / They cut more quickly than the men, / Bringing the harvest home"). Shed�s elegant, yet earthy, portraiture and Yolen�s dignified language combine to transcendent effect; although the costumes (straw hats, plain pants held up by suspenders, and simple cotton dresses) might seem to indicate a different era, the work could just as easily be set in modern Pennsylvania Dutch country. Back matter contains an author�s note; in it, Yolen explains that the verse is based on traditional harvest songs, which are characterized by an evolving narrative followed by a repeated chorus. Instructions for making a harvest doll are also included. (Picture book.5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152018191
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


JANE YOLEN has written more than two hundred books for adults and children and has been awarded numerous honors. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland.

GREG SHED has illustrated many books for children, including Squanto's Journey and Dandelions. He lives in San Diego, California.

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