Truman's Aunt Farm

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When Truman sends away for an ant farm and aunts begin arriving at his doorstep instead, he takes the situation in hand by creating a farm that trains aunts."Using skewed proportion and perspective, [Karas] fills the pages with frantic activities that enhance and build upon the goofy appeal of the text." --School Library Journal, starred review.

When Truman sends away the coupon for an ant farm given as a birthday gift by his Aunt Fran, he gets more than he bargained...

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Overview

When Truman sends away for an ant farm and aunts begin arriving at his doorstep instead, he takes the situation in hand by creating a farm that trains aunts."Using skewed proportion and perspective, [Karas] fills the pages with frantic activities that enhance and build upon the goofy appeal of the text." --School Library Journal, starred review.

When Truman sends away the coupon for an ant farm given as a birthday gift by his Aunt Fran, he gets more than he bargained for when aunts start showing up and he must train them all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Karas's strong signature style adds punch to Rattigan's Dumpling Soup sweet but befuddling tale. On his birthday Truman receives a mail-order ``ant farm'' from his Aunt Fran. But homonyms, for some reason, prove his downfall--pretty soon, he's overrun by hordes of generous ``aunts'' who shower him with affection. Truman treats them much like a cute but unexpected litter of puppies; he eventually allows a crowd of lonely kids into his house, and each pairs off with his or her ideal aunt. In the denouement, Aunt Fran arrives, apparently knowing what's happened ``He saw the twinkle in her eye. `You did a wonderful thing,' said Aunt Fran'', but she never explains the strange gift. Karas's unique compositions make bold use of rich color, flattened perspectives and amiable, ruddy-cheeked figures. Still, the illustrations can't help but seem subdued in comparison with his adventurous work in Frances Minters's striking Cinder-Elly reviewed below . This may be attributable to the written material: try as it might to offer warmth and wackiness, Rattigan's narrative doesn't take risks--or, for that matter, make a clear point. Ages 4-8. Mar.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Truman's quirky Aunt Fran sends him a birthday present he always wanted-an ant farm. But instead of ants he gets aunts! They all fuss over Truman. Truman makes sure they eat well and get plenty of fresh air. Finally, he runs out of room, and finds new homes for all of the aunts. And then another package arrives for Truman-his very own, lovable Aunt Fran. The illustrations are as whimsical as the story.
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Aunt Fran grants Truman's birthday wish-an ant farm. When it arrives, he doesn't get ants-he has AUNTS! Truman embarks on a training program for his aunts, from tickle practice to headstands, roller-skating, storytelling, and hugs-skills the best of aunts need. When running out of room on his farm, Truman had the idea to give the aunts away, free to good homes. Children from all over come to choose an aunt. This is a delightful tale. The illustrations convey the feelings of joy and love we all should have for a very special aunt.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-It's a good pun, mistaking ``aunt'' for ``ant,'' and one that tickles young ears. Aunt Fran sends Truman a coupon for an ant farm for his birthday, but when he tries to redeem it, he is sent more than 50 aunts instead- flattering aunts and funny aunts, aunts who bake and aunts who knit, gymnastic aunts and aunts who tickle-and they just keep coming. His first problem is what to feed them; his second, to find the right nieces and nephews for them. It's a major project, but he manages to make all the right matches and ends up with the one who has it all-Fran. This is a more playful book than Rattigan's Dumpling Soup Little, 1993, and is served well by its art. Karas's amiable, pudgy cartoon characters have enlivened several beginning readers; his style is sharper here. Like the best cartoonists, he creates a multitude of expressions and stances with a minimum of line. The result is drawings that are both childlike and sophisticated. Using skewed proportion and perspective, he fills the pages with frantic activities that enhance and build upon the goofy appeal of the text.-Sally Margolis, Deerfield Public Library, IL
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"Using skewed proportion and perspective, [Karas] fills the pages with frantic activities that enhance and build upon the goofy appeal of the text." School Library Journal, Starred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395816561
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 684,947
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Brian Karas lives with his wife and two sons in Rhinebeck, New York. He has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including Truman's Aunt Farm, by Jama Kim Rattigan, and Mr. Carey's Garden, by Jane Cutler.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    It is such an entertaining book.

    I love this book. It is so cute and heartwarming. I am going to be reading it to a Kindergarden class soon.

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