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Once upon a Farm

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Told in poetic detail and with Ted Rand's exquisite watercolors, "Once Upon a Farm" portrays the toil and triumph of farm life.

With barns and bales, fences and flowers, chores and churns, we weather the seasons along with the young narrator. Told from a child's perspective, the story follows a family working together to make a life on the land they hold so dear. Resonating with rural truths, this family's toil and triumph in our country's heartland will strike a chord with ...

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Overview

Told in poetic detail and with Ted Rand's exquisite watercolors, "Once Upon a Farm" portrays the toil and triumph of farm life.

With barns and bales, fences and flowers, chores and churns, we weather the seasons along with the young narrator. Told from a child's perspective, the story follows a family working together to make a life on the land they hold so dear. Resonating with rural truths, this family's toil and triumph in our country's heartland will strike a chord with readers everywhere. "Once Upon a Farm" is a place we can all recognize.

Illustrations and simple rhyming text recall life for an African American family on their farm.

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Publishers Weekly
With the gentle cadence befitting a simpler time, Bradby (More Than Anything Else) harvests a bounty of bucolic imagery for this poetic look at a family farm. A boy relates the challenges, never-ending work and sweet rewards that come with working the land. On each spread, minimalist stanzas ("A plow some grain pray for rain. A sow a shed may all be fed") precede a more personal statement ("Mama cooks the corn cakes, Daddy says the prayer. Sorghum, ham, and jelly it's been a good year"). By book's end, the boy sadly shares the information that encroaching suburban sprawl and development mean the end of his farm home and way of life. Throughout, Rand (Sailing Home) alternates between sunny full-page watercolor portraits showing the boy and his family, whom he depicts as African-Americans, and smaller airy vignettes providing a good sense of the comfortable rhythms of the proceedings. His parting illustration of a lone bulldozer razing tall trees brings home Brady's message in a quietly dramatic style. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a eulogy for a sweeter, simpler life. An African-American boy narrates the story, told in poetic form, of his family's life on their farm. The challenge of early rising and hard work and chores is immediately balanced with the sense of beauty and wonder in nature, and the love in this family. A well is dug, a new house built and the reader is shown the children's joy as they grow. A lovely pairing of illustrations shows a pig with many nursing piglets opposite the family sitting at their dinner table giving thanks for their food. The sense of nurturing is strong in this beautiful picture book. The tender and warm watercolors are realistic and idealistic, in keeping with the text. Several lines of text are on each spread; each has an illustration that expands on the words. This is a lovely book that might be used in a variety of ways. The message of the intrusion of the city at the end is clear, and beautifully poignant. 2002, Orchard/Scholastic, $16.95. Ages 4 to 9. Reviewer: Candace Deisley
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-A beautiful story about a vanishing way of life. Warmth and humor fill the pages as a farm boy recalls, in verse, many family-shared moments-stargazing, eating Mama's ice cream, and jumping the fence to escape a butting goat. He also remembers the hard but satisfying work of building a new home, mucking out the barn, and harvesting a big crop. Ultimately, he shares his sadness when the city grows closer to his home and the bulldozer comes. "A beetle/a fly/a cow gone dry./A rabbit/a farm/they're all gone," and memories then replace them. The first six lines of each stanza are short and quick, and are followed by three longer, slower, more personal lines. The economy of words efficiently paints the picture of the hard work, "A stump/a rock/pull till you drop"; or country pleasures, "A dove/a ring/wake up and sing." These descriptive phrases appeal to all the senses. Equally as strong are the watercolor illustrations, often with humorous touches, that capture the memories and emotions in large double-spread paintings and small vignettes. The wide expanse of sky and field contrast with later pictures of the encroaching urbanization. The juxtaposed illustrations of traffic and buildings with a quiet stream dappled with sunlight are particularly effective. Strong verbally and visually, this book is definitely worthy of purchase.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An African-American boy remembers the life and death of the family farm in Bradby's (Momma, Where Are You From, 2000, etc.) latest poetic offering. In the beginning, the boy tells of working the land, enjoying a homegrown meal, milking cows, and picking apples (e.g., "A mule / a tiller / work till dinner. / A stump / a rock / pulls till you drop. / I hold Mama's hand, / Daddy carries Sue. / We see rabbits, deer, and shooting stars when work is through") But memories soon meld into the reality of the encroaching urban landscape: "A highway / a light / flashing in the night. / A mall / a town / been spreading round." Signaling the transformation, Rand's (Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea, 2001, etc.) spirited watercolors turn somber; gray, black, and white vignettes show the speeding blur of cars and a birds-eye view of a construction site. On the facing page-and once again in full color-a sun-dappled sister and brother float boats down a stream. The final spread, framed in grayish blue, shows a bright yellow bulldozer uprooting trees and moving earth. Although the rhyme is occasionally forced, Bradby's tribute is heartfelt and true, giving young readers a glimpse of an endangered way of life. Rendered in the browns, blues, and greens of rural America, Rand's expressive illustrations provide perfect accompaniment. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439317665
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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