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Morning Milking

Morning Milking

by Linda L. Morris

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-- This handsome, oversized picture book portrays an early morning on the dairy farm in northern Maryland on which Morris grew up. She presents herself as a small child, only seven or eight from the look of the paintings, as she helps her father milk the cows. She savors the smells, sounds, and activities and describes them to readers. The account is so filled with detail that although this is a memory piece for adults, it will also be very immediate for children. Although it may seem unlikely that a young child would have such a sense of poignancy about the passage of time, the author uses the device beautifully. DeRan is equally adept at lovingly depicting life on the farm. His watercolor paintings are spacious and handsome, and the visual images are as idealized as the text. The proportions of the architecture are expansive and seem perfect, beginning with the stately, uncurtained windows in the child's bedroom through which readers see a low crescent moon and a sprinkle of stars. The human figures are generalized, with averted faces so they can fit the memories of any reader. The colors, in earth tones, and the realistic style make one think of an understated, self-effacing Andrew Wyeth or Barry Moser. For everyone with a loving memory of a visit to a dairy farm, and for anyone who never had the chance, this book conveys its rhythms and textures. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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5 Years

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