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On Grandparents' Farm

On Grandparents' Farm

by Alona Frankel
Join Joshua & Prudence, the adorable characters from the best-selling Once Upon a Potty books, in a new series of charming adventures.


Join Joshua & Prudence, the adorable characters from the best-selling Once Upon a Potty books, in a new series of charming adventures.

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Children's Literature
Little Joshua and his family drive their old Chevy out to the country for a visit to Grandma and Grandpa's farm. Along the way they pass enormous cars, boulevards, sycamores and eucalyptus trees that line the horizon. Joshua has a drink from the thermos and something to eat from the cooler. Mom and Dad then need to pull to the side of the road so that Joshua can "make wee-wee." The smell of freshly harvested manure helps Joshua to identify his grandparent's farm. Once there, everyone enjoys a healthy dinner that includes pickled cauliflower, sprigs of mint and for dessert—nettle custard pudding. After a two-hour nap Joshua walks around the farm to observe the unpackaged vegetables that are growing and to listen to the sounds that the animals make. When it is time to leave, Joshua sadly says good-bye. Back at home he is tired and itching, but also happy. Most young children, however, will not be happy with the abundance of adult terminology used in this book. Additionally, much of the detail seems pointless and insignificant. Although nicely illustrated, the adult innuendos makes one wonder who the intended reader of this book really is. 2001 (orig. 1996), HarperCollins, $6.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
PreS-These are bland takes on potentially interesting themes. On Grandparents' Farm depicts Joshua's journey through a pastel landscape with his parents in their pastel car (that looks like something from The Jetsons, but is called an "old Chevy") to visit his grandparents. Odd images rendered in cartoonlike illustrations are fanciful interpretations of what Joshua sees on the road and what he eats and does at his destination. In The Moon, Prudence gets up on the wrong side of the bed. No matter what anyone does for her, it "felt like something was missing," and each person asks, "What more could you want? The moon and the stars?" Finally, her mother knows exactly what she needs-a great big hug. These characters, who appeared in the Once upon a Potty books (HarperCollins), are a washout here.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Joshua and Prudence Bks.
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Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 7.33(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

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