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On Sally Perry's Farm
     

On Sally Perry's Farm

by Leah Komaiko, Cat Bowman Smith (Illustrator)
 
A bouncy, rhythmic text tells of a very special farm where the kids all pitch in--except for one little girl who is worried that she won't know what to do. Leah Komaiko's story, brought to life by Cat Bowman Smith's snappy illustrations, celebrates the power of imagination and the growth of a child's confidence. Full color.

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A bouncy, rhythmic text tells of a very special farm where the kids all pitch in--except for one little girl who is worried that she won't know what to do. Leah Komaiko's story, brought to life by Cat Bowman Smith's snappy illustrations, celebrates the power of imagination and the growth of a child's confidence. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A nifty concept and nimble visual execution makes this effervescent book worth a good lookrather, two looks, as a second reading will probably be required for the full meaning to sink in. A girl joins a group of children happily working at their neighbor Sally Perry's farm, but doubts her own abilities. Through Sally's encouragement, she learns to take risks, think creatively and persist. The farmyard tasks aren't exactly ordinary: transforming junk into a magnificent grape arbor, and chicken, pig, and horse statuary. The farm, however, isn't ordinary eitheras the final illustration shows, Sally's agrarian paradise is really an urban garden, tucked within a block of apartment houses. Smith's slightly skewed, garden-bright gouaches sing with energy and optimism. But Komaiko's (Annie Bananie) odd wording ("Ho/ Hon/ Look who's back!/ ...Who wants to work before that sun leaves?) and strained rhyme scheme may require a little extra digging. Ages 3-8. (June)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a rollicking story of the kids who visit the farm and help with all the chores. One little girl isn't sure she can do anything, but with Sally Perry's help, she overcomes her fear and doubts. The illustrations are fun, too.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Sally Perry invites a multiethnic group of kids to her "farm" and puts them to work, employing a variety of equipment, protective clothing, and rules (" `Onewe have fun. Tworespect my tools' "). Together they tackle some pretty interesting, if not unusual chores, such as creating a wooden horse large enough for them all to ride. Told from the point of view of a shy and insecure newcomer to the group, the narrative shows how the girl bonds with Sally as they undertake a special job-designing and building a house of grapes. The slightly uneven rhyming text requires a couple of read-throughs to recite well but conveys the upbeat mood reflected in the camaraderie of Sally and her youthful gardeners. Bold and bright gouache paintings with a basic simplicity incorporate enough detail to carry the story to the last double-page spread where it is revealed that the woman's farm is behind her city building.Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Sally Perry's farm is a modest spread, as readers learn only toward the end of the tale, a back forty between brownstones. Sally herself is an amiable old soul, possessed of an indomitable spirit that attracts kids like flowers do butterflies. They swarm about her garden, buffing the tractor, sampling the harvest, invading her garden shed, building immensely satisfying playthings. One child is unsure of her usefulness. Sally leads the girl past her insecurities; she believes in fun first, and if some effort fails: "Simple—next time we'll try something again." Komaiko (Fritzi Fox Flew In From Florida, 1995, etc.) gives her text a strong beat, ablaze with clever rhyming sequences. All the while, Sally's can-do attitude feels more like a jolly outlook than a message to readers. Smith's vivacious gouache illustrations have the texture of cake frosting, with bold outlines and gestures of a Toulouse-Lautrec cranked into color overdrive or of a Marcia Sewall gone unruly. Good, solid exuberance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689800832
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/18/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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