My Farm Friends

My Farm Friends

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by Wendell Minor
     
 

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Here’s a perfect introduction to our farm friends. Is there anything cuter than a little lamb or playful piglet? Farm animals are fascinating, and they are full of surprises, too. Naturally, cows make milk—but did you know they need to drink a bathtub-full of water every day? And of course the turkeys gobble—but sometimes they purr like cats. Wendell

Overview

Here’s a perfect introduction to our farm friends. Is there anything cuter than a little lamb or playful piglet? Farm animals are fascinating, and they are full of surprises, too. Naturally, cows make milk—but did you know they need to drink a bathtub-full of water every day? And of course the turkeys gobble—but sometimes they purr like cats. Wendell Minor’s bright, bold artwork and jaunty verse celebrate the wonders of our farm friends.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Minor (Look to the Stars) introduces readers to common farm animals, portraying them at close range in watercolor gouache paintings that outshine the narrative. Some entries have little substance ("Roosters crow all day long/ They say cock-a-doodle-doo/ When it's early in the morning/ Will you cock-a-doodle too?") while others mention more interesting tidbits (pigs roll in the mud to stay cool, since they don't sweat, and barn cats like to nap on other animals' backs). Well- tailored to a preschool audience, Minor's large-scale art trades some of the meticulous detail and sophistication of his previous work for lifelike (if idealized) animals that exude personality and a gentle old-fashioned feel. There are splashes of visual humor: illustrating the fact that cows "drink a bathtub full of water" daily is a picture of a cow in a field drinking from a tub while a boy takes a bath. However, the verse's lack of consistent meter ("Lots of baby animals/ live on the farm too/ And guess what--/ They would all love to have/ A visit from you!") may contribute to a bumpy read-aloud. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The award-winning illustrator brings his flair for vibrant, large-scale figures to this introduction to various farm animals. "Furry ones,/feathered ones, woolly ones too/Some things they do/Just might surprise you!" Even older children may not know that turkeys purr and dairy cows drink a bathtub's worth of water each day. Most of the facts are well-known, but the unfussy rhymes keep a cheerful flow. Minor's naturalistic watercolor and gouache paintings will win over readers of many generations with their retro ambience. Textures of feathers, wool, and barn siding beg to be touched. The minimalist backgrounds on the spreads focus on the animals. "My Farm Friends Fun Facts" is appended for additional tidbits about each of the featured barnyard denizens.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Inspired by childhood visits to family farms, Minor shares descriptions and facts about different farm animals and their behaviors. The interactive verse playfully engages readers, asking, "When it's early in the morning / Will you cock-a-doodle too?" or, "...suppose you tried to take a bath / And a cow got in your way?" Some of the rhymes and the rhythm are frankly awkward: "Turkeys can be very friendly / Sometimes sitting in your lap / They even purr when they're content / Just like a kitty cat!" Nevertheless, this book begs to be read aloud, individually or with a group. Multiple readings may be in order, as young listeners will want to visit this iconic farm over and over. Rich watercolor-gouache paintings fill each page and evoke a timeless feeling, at once recalling the past but perfectly at home in the present. Every scene is depicted realistically with a just a touch of anthropomorphism for child-friendly appeal. Whimsical facts at the back extend the information offered, and a list of Internet sources includes several farm and farm-sanctuary websites. (Informational picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399257995
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/03/2013
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Wendell Minor (www.minorart.com) has traveled all over the U.S. to research his art for numerous novel jackets and picture books, which include The Buffalo Are Back and The Wolves are Back (both by Jean Craighead George), Look to the Stars (by Buzz Aldrin) and If You Were a Penguin (by Florence Minor). His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Museum of American Illustration, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NASA. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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My Farm Friends 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MargieannVA More than 1 year ago
I read this to my preschool class, and we all found joy in our time spent with this book on many levels - looking at the pictures, hearing and practicing the rhymes, and learning the fun facts. We were even able to play guessing games with each other on the facts and what animal could we be describing! Try it for certain. Truly.