The Real Farmer in the Dell

The Real Farmer in the Dell


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Everyone thinks they know the story of the Farmer in the Dell. But do they really? One little mouse knows the truth and he’s ready to spill the beans. Take a seat in the saddle and hold on to your hat when you open the book and read all about it here. This real-life story will make you question what else might not be true, depending on who’s doing the telling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946101884
Publisher: Clear Fork Media Group LLC
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 395,959
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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The Real Farmer in the Dell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Debra Bartsch 4 months ago
This is the REAL deal! What a fun read. Kids will love the, 'hold on a minute, the mouse has something to say about this story' approach. Love the sheet music elements added via the illustrations, with the red cross-outs, kids can really relate to that! Updated with humor and a modern twist. Sutter's writing and humor is amazing.This is clearly, a new classic to be read again and again by all. Thanks, Sandra, Chantell, and Burgen. The illustrations are bright, lively and countrified to match the fun feel of this story.
TinaMShepardson 5 months ago
This story is such a humorous way to share an old nursery rhyme with a fresh modern twist. Readers of every age level will delight in the mouse's perspective of what really happened to the farmer in the dell. The play on words, figurative language, and gorgeous illustrations will literally have you laughing and singing at the top of your lungs only to start all over again at the very next bedtime. A must have nursery rhyme story for ages 1-102!!
ReadersFavorite2 5 months ago
Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite Definitely, a 5-star book! The mouse remembers the story of The Real Farmer in the Dell a little differently because he was there. With the help of author Sandra Sutter, the mouse recalls the original version of this classic song. But, there’s also a major difference—what if the farmer is really a rancher? And what if the rancher is a female? This professionally written and illustrated book is bound to become a classic. It has the makings of a wonderful story: engaging, entertaining, engulfing, and enjoyable. With pencil crayon artwork of the ole west, the mouse edits the story with a red pencil crayon. This version of a popular children’s song is destined to be a memorable ditty. The illustrations in The Real Farmer in the Dell are outstanding. The mouse, the horses, the dogs are all well drawn. Illustrators Chantelle and Burgen Thorne have provided realistic, cuddly, adorable artwork of people and animals. There’s also some excellent hand lettering, which is not easy to do. This book was fun to read and compare to the other version. I enjoyed reading the story and looking at the top-notch illustrations. I found myself looking for the cat or mouse in each picture, which children—and parents—will enjoy. The shadows of the mouse or cat were interesting additions that you don’t often see in children’s picture books. All these little extras add interactivity to the story and engage children. I think every school, home, and public library should have this entertaining and engaging book on the shelf. Let’s gather round and sing this song...
ReadersFavorite1 5 months ago
Reviewed by Dawn Weaver for Readers' Favorite You think you know the story behind the song The Farmer in the Dell? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong! The Real Farmer in the Dell by Sandra Sutter is a delightful children’s story that brings a surprising twist to a familiar song. As each verse of the song is sung, or rather re-sung, it is fixed by an actual eyewitness to the events of the time, and won’t you be surprised! Beautifully illustrated by the husband-and-wife team of Burgen and Chantelle Thorne, each page cleverly brings the new facts to life. Children of any age will enjoy seeing the way the changes to the song have been incorporated into a humorous and imaginative story. What other favorite childhood songs have a secret story behind them? The Real Farmer in the Dell by Sandra Sutter was a delight from beginning to end! I thought I knew where this was heading, but I was surprised throughout! Sutter tells the story with warmth, humor, and just a little bit of tongue-in-cheek jabbing at our ideas of the way things may have happened. The details in the illustrations add so much to the story; I found myself going back over them again and again to catch the little surprises that I missed the first time through. I can see that this book will quickly become a family favorite and will be shared with friends as well. I think it’s obvious that it’s high time for us to learn to sing this song the right way.
ReadersFavorite 5 months ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Real Farmer in The Dell is a children’s adventure picture book written by Sandra Sutter and illustrated by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne. While we all know the nursery rhyme about the farmer in the dell, the real story is quite a bit different than those familiar lyrics. It wasn’t a farmer, and it wasn’t even a dell. The farmer was actually a rancher who lived on, of course, a ranch. The farmer didn’t take a wife, because...the farmer was a woman. She took a husband. So how do we know all these new facts? Because there was a witness to all of the goings-on at that ranch. The mouse was there the whole time, and has decided to go public with the real story. That very obliging mouse and the author, Sandra Sutter, have done a marvelous job of modernizing the old nursery rhyme in this clever and very entertaining children’s picture book, The Real Farmer in The Dell. While traditionalists may insist on adhering to the original version of the story, I found the mouse’s tale to contain more adventure and excitement, plus it makes a lot more sense -- especially the ending. Sutter’s story will resonate with those kids whose parents and caregivers have made efforts to eliminate gender-assigned roles, and it’s a good introduction to the changing reality of life for kids from more traditional backgrounds. Who says a rancher has to be a man? Or a doctor? Or an astronaut? The possibilities are endless for kids of both genders. This story sets the stage for productive discussions about careers and what kids want to be when they grow up. Artists, Chantelle and Burgen Thorne, bring the mouse’s corrected version to life beautifully. I loved seeing the desert scenery and the rodeo action through their eyes. Their artwork is filled with action and detail, making each panel a joy to study closely. The Real Farmer in The Dell is most highly recommended.
NanetteHeffernan 5 months ago
This is such an adorable story. I absolutely loved Sandra Sutter’s spin on this classic childhood song. It sparked so many fun conversations with the kiddos (like “what is a dell anyway?). The rhythmic quality makes for a very satisfying read, every time…I think it’s going to become a bedtime classic for us.
JoleneG 5 months ago
Think you know about the farmer in the dell? Think again! Because the farmer isn't really a farmer (spoiler alert: instead, she's a rancher!), and the dell isn't really a dell. . .pretty much everything you *think* you know about this story is wrong. Take it from the little mouse who's setting the record straight and making you laugh and think along the way. This fun twist on an old story will quickly become a favorite, and the colorful illustrations will make kids laugh and want a pet dog. . .or cat. . .or mouse. And probably some cheese to snack on, too.
PhyllisAHarris 5 months ago
This is an a FUN new look at the Farmer In The Dell! Kids will love this toe tappin', sing along with WONDERFUL art too! Charming and entertaining! Sure to become a favorite!
EKachala 5 months ago
Funny and creative! This wonderful story by Sandra Sutter is a joy to read. It’ll have kids and their parents singing and laughing along as they enjoy a surprising twist on a classic nursery rhyme.
VKeel 5 months ago
I just loved this book so much. It's adorable and clever and original. What a great concept! I just love the idea of taking a story or song we all know well and turning it on its head. Brilliantly written. You want to sing along with the new words. This is a must-have for your book library.