The Wonderful Farm

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"Two real little girls enter into magical adventures with talking animals of their farm and the nearby woods. Children will enjoy the trickery of the animals and the girls mischievous behavior."--School Library Journal. First published in 1951, this was the first children's book illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Maurice Sendak.

Marinette and Delphine live with their parents on an enchanted farm where all the animals talk.

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Overview

"Two real little girls enter into magical adventures with talking animals of their farm and the nearby woods. Children will enjoy the trickery of the animals and the girls mischievous behavior."--School Library Journal. First published in 1951, this was the first children's book illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Maurice Sendak.

Marinette and Delphine live with their parents on an enchanted farm where all the animals talk.

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Both the simple stories and the illustrations, among Sendak's first published, are charming and delightful in this book about two sisters who live on a farm in France. What is unique about their adventures is that the farm and woodland animals talk in a matter-of-fact manner as if such a thing was a normal occurrence; so, of course, it is a "wonderful farm." Seven separate stories feature Delphine and Marinette and the animals with problems needing solutions. One dilemma presents the mean gander who will not return the girls' ball until the cunning donkey tricks him into believing that the frozen pond has been covered to prevent the gander from swimming. The book's mood is of simple, country life with lessons to be learned for children growing up. The parents are painted somewhat stern and burdened with chores. If there is a complaint to this reissue for today's young readers, it is that the stories are longish and run on. The Sendak illustrations provide a glimpse of what is to come. 2001 (orig. 1951), HarperCollins, $6.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
Children's Literature - Jessy Deutsch
Mischievous children, especially, will love joining Delphine and Marinette in their frolicking fun with the endearing animals-who talk and play like the best of friends -with the sisters. The adventures reach their high point, of course, while the mother and father are out of the house, when the girls take over and the usual strict rules are done away with. Translated from the French, the book overcomes moments of datedness (the original version was written in 1951) with a comical whimsy that will always ring true.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060203115
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

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    I have an ancient copy of this book that has been read so much over the last 30 years that it is barely held together by the binding anymore. I love the connection that children have with animals and this book tells it all. Buy it, read it, learn it and love it.

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