On the Farm

On the Farm


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“This handsome poetry collection feels as hearty and comforting as a bowl of sugared porridge. . . . Children will delight in the fun and beauty.” — Booklist (starred review)

From the bull to the barn cat to the wild bunny, the farmyard bustles with life. The rooster crows, the rams clash, the bees buzz, and over there in the garden, a snake — silent and alone — winds and watches. David Elliott’s graceful, simple verse and Holly Meade’s exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations capture a world that is at once timeless yet disappearing from view — the world of the family farm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763655914
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 489,813
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

As well as being an author David is also a professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.

Holly Meade (1956-2013) wrote and illustrated If I Never Forever Endeavor. She earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho. She also illustrated And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner; On the FarmIn the Wild, and In the Sea by David Elliott; and many others.

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On the Farm 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful wook cut illustrations with text that does an amazing job describing the different parts of farm life.
alliek710 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must have for any family or classroom. Be great for animal unit, farming, poetry, family... or even to show varieties of artwork that are in books.
kdebros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I adore the woodblock prints, and simplicity of the rhymes - as well as how much personality fits into each poem for each animal.
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Artist Holly Meade well remembers her childhood visits to her grandparents dairy farm. She writes that it was one of the highlights of her young life, 'I would wake early in my feather bed to the lowing of cows.....I wish that every child could experience having the natural world as excitingly near as it is on the farm.' Today not many children have that experience yet David Elliott and Ms. Meade have created a happy reminder of what life was like on a family farm. For the first time, Ms. Meade uses woodcuts for a picture book and they are stunning - full page illustrations enhanced with watercolors bring all of the animals to eye-popping life from the crowing strutting rooster to the sly barn cat to the silent rabbit. Mr. Elliott's easy, descriptive verse will be a pleasure for young eyes and ears. Of the snake he writes, 'Coils in the garden like a spring or the wild and winding melody he hears but cannot sing.' This one's a keeper! - Gail Cooke