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A Day at the Farm Hardcover – April 9, 2013

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From School Library Journal

PreS–A simple narrative combined with picture-dictionary elements introduces the basics of farm life as a family of five spends a day exploring. Brief dialogue snippets (“So soft!”; “I'm driving!”) alternate with simple descriptions (“Playing with the chickens”) to frame the narrative. Full-page illustrations and spreads show the family engaged in various farm pursuits, such as picking fruit and riding a pony, while interspersed pages present arrays of spot images with word labels. The drawings are pleasantly clear and uncluttered, and the activities of the rosy-cheeked kids are mildly engaging. There's not enough in either the words or pictures for personalities to emerge, though, and without a real story, the book works best as a simple introduction to farm concepts and vocabulary.–Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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With spare prose and cheerful cartoon illustrations, this picture book introduces a family’s visit to a farm. Typically one line of text per spread describes each activity, like “feeding the ducks” or “picking fruit.” Throughout, vocabulary words are defined picture-dictionary-style; kids will learn names for a variety of vegetables, each individually labeled, and for places on a farm, and so on. However, terms aren’t always treated consistently, as in the case of “gardening tools,” which are lumped together and not broken down by tool. Certain lines of text may be lost on the preschool set—for instance, in one scene unhappy children run from a goat, and the text reads “kidding around.” This portrays three children and their parents engaged with one another, enjoying a picnic and riding a tractor, but often the children are unsupervised as they milk a cow or ride an (unsaddled) pony. Still, there are some playful, peppy touches here, and while not an essential purchase, libraries in need of farm-themed titles should check out this bright, readable book. Preschool. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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