The Visit

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For two sisters a visit to their aunt and uncle's farm means hayloft adventures, woods to explore, mouth-watering country suppers, and the fun and comfort of sharing these delights with each other.
With lyrical verse and lushly detailed images, Reeve Lindbergh and Wendy Anderson Halperin draw us into this warm and accessible portrait of a universal childhood experience: the excitement of an away-from-home sleepover visit. Young readers will ...

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Overview

For two sisters a visit to their aunt and uncle's farm means hayloft adventures, woods to explore, mouth-watering country suppers, and the fun and comfort of sharing these delights with each other.
With lyrical verse and lushly detailed images, Reeve Lindbergh and Wendy Anderson Halperin draw us into this warm and accessible portrait of a universal childhood experience: the excitement of an away-from-home sleepover visit. Young readers will want to return again and again to its gentle adventures and firefly nights.

Sisters Beth and Jill share an experience of country life when they visit their aunt and uncle.

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Tall sister Beth and small sister Jill temporarily leave their parents behind for a summer visit to their aunt and uncle's farm in this sunny picture book outing. Lindbergh's (Nobody Owns the Sky) rhymed couplets (one line of which acts as opener and closer on each spread) describe relaxing days exploring the nooks and crannies of the farmhouse, the barn and the countryside. Wild iris, pink lilac, peony, rose./ Beth holds a blossom up to Jill's nose./ Jill sees a hummingbird next to the hose./ Wild iris, pink lilac, peony, rose. Aunt Laura's hearty country chow is not left out either: Chicken and biscuits, strawberry pie./ Uncle Ted heaps the plates higher than high. All along the way, Halperin's (Turn, Turn, Turn) trademark delicate watercolor-and-pencil compositions, consisting of one large bordered painting with a smaller comic-strip-like panel that tells its own story running just below, fill in all the cozy details of flora, fauna, food and fun. These cheerful girl adventurers and the delightful territory they cover may well have readers longing for a similar, simple getaway. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 1-Two sisters visit their aunt and uncle's farm. Once there they find barns, haylofts, bird nests, roses, wholesome foods, and peaceful reading spots. At day's end, the girls realize that they miss their parents, but their sisterly love carries them through the night so that they can enjoy their time away. The siblings' relationship is the heart of this slight pastoral poem written in rhyming couplets with repeated refrains. Halperin's signature pencil-and-watercolor art, with arched frames for the main image and tiny story extenders in boxes at the bottom, complements the tone of Lindbergh's gently rhyming poem. This idyllic country vacation is great for extending the vocabulary of young listeners, who will pore over the drawings. The intricate pastel illustrations do not lend themselves to storytime sharing, but the book will find a wide readership in laps and small groups.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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It would take a hard heart indeed not to love Halperin's signature watercolor-and-pencil illustrations with their dulcet colors. They have the architecture of altarpieces, with a large, half-round frame surmounting a frieze of smaller images. Lindbergh's verse, four lines per spread, with the first and last line the same, seems as artless as this siblings' trip to a family farm, sweetened into gossamer memory. Two sisters, Jill and Beth, go for a visit to their aunt and uncle's farm. There are biscuits and honey, nooks and crannies inside and out, flowers and berries, sheep, cows and barn cats. At night, with "fireflies and stars," when Beth hears a noisy freight train and a singing thrush, she misses her parents and is comforted in the gentlest way by Jill. It's a remembered dream of a farm, where everything is rosy and the kitchen always smells of baking. The relationship between "tall sister" and "small sister" is charming and tender, and the poetry is rhythmic without being clunky. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803711891
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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