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Christmas on the Farm Hardcover – September 30, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589801083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589801080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Christmas season is usually rife with the frenzy of hurried trips to the store, frantic last-minute shopping, and the labor of traveling to a Christmas-tree lot to haggle over the price of evergreens. But for Bob Artley's family, celebrating Christmas on the family farm in the 1920s and 1930s provided time for the enjoyment of the company of family and friends.

Recounting every detail with loving appreciation and respect, Artley depicts an environment where the quiet of the late nights on the farm created a virtual "Silent Night" filled with the gentle, muted sounds of farm animals settling into a comfortable sleep. Artley takes joy in remembering the everyday activities that made farm life unique, especially during the Christmas season: the singing of Christmas carols while completing winter chores; the receipt of coveted mail-order catalogs to inspire Christmas wishes; the annual Christmas play in a lantern-lit schoolroom; the recitation of book passages on "popcorn evenings"; a personally selected tree adorned with homemade decorations; handwrought gifts and homemade meals; and the beauty of the stars and the northern lights in a cold winter sky.

Illustrated with water-color paintings and sketches, this retrospective look at his family's rural celebration of the holiday season conveys an appreciation for the simple joys of familial bonds over material happiness.

Bob Artley was born on his family's farm, established by his grandfather, in 1917. He began drawing as a boy, receiving extensive encouragement from the Des Moines Register and Tribune's great cartoonist Ding Darling. His career as an editorial cartoonist began at the Des Moines Register and continued at the Worthington (Minn.) Daily Globe, where he developed his syndicated cartoon series Memories of a Former Kid. He is the author of ten books, among them Living with Pigs and Once Upon a Farm, both published by Pelican.

Praise for Bob Artley's Once Upon a Farm:
"Artley's boyhood memories of farm life in Iowa are charmingly detailed in readable prose and fine watercolor paintings and sketches." --School Library Journal

About the Author

Bob Artley was born on his familyís farm, established by his grandfather, in 1917. He began drawing as a boy, receiving extensive encouragement from the Des Moines Register and Tribune ís great cartoonist Ding Darling. Drafted in the U.S. Army in 1941, Artley met and married Ginny, a WAC technician who shared the joy of raising four children with him. His career as an editorial cartoonist began at the Des Moines Register and continued at the Worthington (Minn.) Daily Globe , where he developed his syndicated cartoon series Memories of a Former Kid . He is the author of ten books.

Bob Artley grew up on his family farm in Hampton, Iowa. After he had become the editorial cartoonist for the Worthington Daily Globe his watercolors and essays of life on the farm evolved into a weekly feature. Since then, his nationally syndicated work has focused on the culture of rural America. He has written and illustrated ten books, including the best-selling Memories of a Former Kid.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gloria J. Gates on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Artley paints a sweet nostalgic look at Christmas of the past.
From the special homemade toys, to the school Christmas programs.
And how cozy a wood burning stove could make the house.
He make you feel like you are there with his family.
It is a wonderful way for old and young alike to experience an old fashion,
Christmas on the farm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By White Fang on November 15, 2011
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"Christmas On the Farm" is delightful journey into the Christmas celebrations on an Iowa farm during the Depression years of the late 1920's and the 1930's. In this nostalgic 11 3/8 inch by 8 3/4 inch, 96 page illustrated book, Bob Artley - author and illustartor, paints an informative and entertaining picture of farm life and Christmas celebrations in words, beautiful water colored paintings, cartoons, and sketches. The non fiction nostalgic narrative will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

To prepare the reader for the Christmas celebration on the farm, Bob Artley gives lots of background information on Iowa farm life during the Great Depression. He tells a story in great detail about things like: silent and dark nights where the sounds of the farm could be heard, winter chores, shopping at the General Store, Santa's visit to the farmhouse, huge snowstorms, Christmas programs in the one room schoolhouse, Christmas vacation, Christmas home celebrations and preparations, wonderful foods from Mom's kitchen, Dad's workshop where he made wonderful homemade wooden toys for the children, singing Christmas carols around the family piano and the beauty of crystal clear and silent winter December nights where one could sometimes see a shooting star or the Aurora Borealis.

I feel that all readers would definitely enjoy this book -- especially children - for not only the details of farm life and Christmas of long ago, but also for the beautiful pictures and cartoons which appear throughout the book. I originally bought this book to donate to my elementary school library for their Christmas book collection. There is one word of caution when purchasing this book for a younger child or donating to an elementary school library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JennaMay on January 14, 2008
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We love this book! It is a great picture of life on the farm in Iowa not so many years ago. Our grandchildren love reading the book with us and seeing the wonderful pictures.
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Another great book and very detailed on how Christmas's were back in the day. I would recommend any of Bob's books to anyone.
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