On Grandpa's Farm

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Clear, vivid language describes a young child's day on Grandpa's farm, from the rooster's early morning crow to shared oatmeal for breakfast, collecting eggs, feeding the animals, working in the garden, bailing hay, and fixing wobbly fences. The child is thrilled to be part of the farm routine and proud of her contributions. And Grandpa enjoys both her companionship and her help. Young children will enjoy the experience of a day on the farm for one young girl and her loving grandfather. This is an utterly ...

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Overview

Clear, vivid language describes a young child's day on Grandpa's farm, from the rooster's early morning crow to shared oatmeal for breakfast, collecting eggs, feeding the animals, working in the garden, bailing hay, and fixing wobbly fences. The child is thrilled to be part of the farm routine and proud of her contributions. And Grandpa enjoys both her companionship and her help. Young children will enjoy the experience of a day on the farm for one young girl and her loving grandfather. This is an utterly wholesome and appealing story about a satisfying intergenerational relationship.

Simple text describes a day spent helping Grandpa with chores on the farm.

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"A quiet paean to the eternal rhythms of country life." Kirkus Reviews

"With a deceptively simple style, Sathre follows a young child through a day of work on Grandpa's farm. Hunter's childlike paintings are a charming enhancement to the story. . . . This is a reassuring book, quiet and visually attractive. Youngsters will be drawn to it again and again." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a series of two-word sentences, Sathre (Mouse Chase) describes snippets of a typical day on the farm, in all its busyness and tranquillity. The simple noun-verb combinationsusually no more than three to a spreadgive the book a subtle rhythm as it follows the activities of a child and Grandpa during a day on the farm, starting with a hearty breakfast of oatmeal ("Roosters crow. Grandpa rises") and finishing with a dinner of freshly caught, pan-fried fish ("Shadows fade. Fireflies flicker. Supper sizzles"). Occasionally the noun-verb structure falls short of conveying the action (e.g., "Shadows hug./ Ice cubes clink./ Tackle box waits"), and some readers may be disappointed that there's not much of a narrative. But Hunter's (Possum's Harvest Moon) earth-toned watercolor, pencil and ink illustrations fill in many of the gaps and thread together some of the unrelated textual ideas with details in double-page spreads (e.g., a tackle box sits on the steps while Grandpa and child drink glasses of ice-filled lemonade on a shady lawn). By frequently placing the primary action near the edges of the frame, Hunter effectively conveys both the expanse of the rural landscape and the comforting austerity of farm interiors. Together, artist and author convincingly capture the stillness in the country air, and the unhurried pace of a summer day. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Donna Brumby
Hunter uses unsophisticated watercolors to aptly depict Vivian Sathre's simple chronology of one day shared by a boy and his grandfather on the family farm. Short sentences, none over three words long, pare the day's activities down to near poetry. A lot actually happens in this gentle, comforting picture book, egg gathering, milking, repairs, stock feeding, and finally, restful fishing with its reward of a sizzling supper of fresh fish. This story will be enjoyed by children who have experienced the activities described and will make an nice introduction for those less familiar with small farm life.
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PreSWith a deceptively simple style, Sathre follows a young child through a day of work on Grandpa's farm. Short sentences evoke surprisingly vivid images: "Pickets wiggle. Grandpa holds. I hammer." All day long the "Tackle box waits," until finally "Lake ripples. Bobbers dip. Fish flop" as the companions end their day fishing. Hunter's childlike watercolor-and-ink paintings are a charming enhancement to the story. Very young listeners could easily retell the narrative, adding details of their own gleaned from the illustrations. Ever present are the jobs to do, the faithful dog, and the contented smiles on the faces of Grandpa and his helper. The double-page spreads invite children to notice tiny details: kitchen chairs that don't match, work boots left outside the back door, hoof prints in the cow yard. This is a reassuring book, quiet and visually attractive. Youngsters will be drawn to it again and again.Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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A quiet paean to the eternal rhythms of country life, from Sathre (Leroy Potts Meets the McCrooks, p. 468, etc.).

"Roosters crow. Grandpa rises." So begins a day for a boy on Grandpa's farm, entirely told in such simple constructions—"Queenie scampers. Shadows stretch." The uncomplicated farmhouse and barnyard setting reveal routines of daily life, including gathering eggs from hens, feeding pigs, baling hay. Finally Grandpa calls his grandchild and the two go fishing, catching their supper. No one else is around as the two share a full day. Hunter's people are not as successful as her animals (Possum's Harvest Moon, 1996), but the interiors are laden with homey details—a minnow bucket, wildflowers in a pickle jar—while pleasing landscapes make effective use of the artist's unique cross-hatching technique. Her illustrations charm readers with clear color sense and composition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395765067
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/29/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.59 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Hunter lives on a farm in Vermont. Since attending Earlham College and graduating from the University of the Arts, she has worked full-time as an illustrator, well-known for her nature illustrations. Hunter has written and illustrated many children’s books, including Possum's Harvest Moon.

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