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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545070759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545070751
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—A husband and wife and their two children live on a farm. The heavily illustrated narrative, which begins in March and ends in November, describes how each season brings different sights, smells, and activities. Using a variety of machinery, the farmers prepare for planting, harvesting, and storing crops of feed corn. The children are involved in growing and maintaining a smaller garden of vegetables and feeding the cows and chickens. As the weather becomes warmer, there is time to relax on a tire swing or fish in a creek, but the family will have to make trips into town for supplies and business transactions. While they have plenty to eat, young readers will glimpse some of the hardships of their life. Weather can delay a farmer's plans and nearby wildlife means danger for some of the barnyard animals. The watercolor and pencil artwork, highlighting the open skies and vast prairie fields, complements the text and changes from browns to greens as the temperature rises and falls. Although the text is too long for a read-aloud, and the small images are best appreciated one-on-one, Cooper's book will give children a comprehensive view of farm life, both visually and textually.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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From Booklist

Most picture books about farms tend to be slapstick animal adventures rather than realistic views of daily life. Cooper’s latest fills that gap with a quiet, atmospheric portrait of a farm through the seasons. Working in his signature style of loosely rendered figures and simple compositions in pencil and watercolor, Cooper combines beautiful, expansive views of a farm seen from a distance under an endless sky with small, individual images, such as the farm’s cats, which younger children will want to point to and count. Like the pictures, the words move from large landscapes to small details. In a spread about May, for example, descriptions of the vast fields that look like “an ocean of green” mix with lines about the butterflies and bees that zoom through the garden. Filled with sensory details, the brief text has a poetic, stripped-down simplicity that matches the stark images and will read aloud well. Cameo appearances of the farm’s animals and children will help hold young people’s attention throughout this subtle, handsome view of modern, rural life. Preschool-Grade 3. --Gillian Engberg

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The illustrations are nice and the story is simple and interesting.
Kim Lemming
This book is about modern farming with tractors, cell phones, computers, and fields of corn.
Goldi Jacques-Maynes
The watercolors are vibrant, detailed, and mesh perfectly with the story.
D. Fowler

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a children's librarian living in New York City, I get a really skewed view of the world. For example, a book like Christoph Niemann's Subway will get released and all the children I see are hugely into it. For them, the subway is a part of life and that book shows them what they already know. What I have to remind myself is that Manhattan children, for all their charms, are aberrations. Lots of kids in the United States haven't a clue what a working subway system looks or feels like. So when a book like Farm falls into my lap my brain has to do a 180 in the opposite direction. Lots of city kids have never been to a real working farm before. They understand them in the vaguest of senses. Growing up they learned that animals lived on the farm with a moo moo here and a baa baa there. Actual working farms, however, are the kinds of things you see outside your car window on your way from one part of the country to another. They are near magical places. All that land. All that sky. That's why I'm delighted that a book like Farm even exists. It has a twofold purpose. For kids who have never experienced a farm firsthand, it provides a glimpse into a world as different and magical as any fantasy land. And for kids who already have a working knowledge of farms and the countryside, the book is a magnificent mirror that takes the practical beauty of their everyday lives and spins it into storytelling gold.

We begin in that time when spring has only started to make some headway against winter. When the days start to warm up but the fields are just a mass of brown dirt. We meet the equipment, the family, the hired hands, and the animals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Johnson on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful pictures, excellent pacing, and digestible truths about farming make this book a real delight. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book follows a family farm, consisting of a man, wife, boy and girl, from early in the spring until late in the fall. Unlike most cutesy-wutesy farm picture books, this one shows the real life running and operation of cultivating the fields, chores, livestock, weather and daily life found throughout the year on a farm. It shows the agricultural lifestyle of a family that lives in a rural area and what the children's lives are like, doing chores before and after school and spending time playing outside and with the animals. The book is quite textual, while not actually having a lot of text per page, there is certainly enough text that little ones may get squirmy listening to this book. Grades 1 to 3 will find the book most useful and entertaining with the higher end finding the most enjoyment. The book is well-written with an engaging voice. My only complaint is the illustrations. I just can't say I'm a fan of Cooper's work. I enjoyed the landscapes and scenes of the buildings but the people with no facial features and animals are not my cup of tea being tiny squiggles that look like they are missing parts and just barely recognizable. Cooper, however, has won awards so obviously I'm in the minority. A good book to celebrate agriculture, rural life and living off the land.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up on a farm and this was a great gift for my son. Beautiful artwork and story highlights some of the things I treasure most about growing up on a farm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Farm" is a detailed, delicately illustrated compendium of seasonal farm activities on a (prairie) plains family farm from spring through fall. From spring planting and plowing to summer crop-growing to fall harvest and hauling of crops, "Farm" presents a spectrum of seasonal activities and chores and sights that consume a farm family's year. "Farm" is especially appealing in its use of delicately detailed water color illustrations. Children will love the names of the cats, the listing of the animals, and the quiet repetition of daily rhythms of chores, work, and play. "Farm" documents a way of rural life that is growing harder to sustain, with all its appeal and challenge. "Farm" is suitable for both younger and older children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The seasons of a farm come alive in this beautifully written and charmingly illustrated book. The author presents different segments of life on the farm through its living creatures from the farmer and his family to the chipmunks and rabbits. The details make the reader feel as though they have been invited for a visit that is not only warm and welcoming but informative as well. Cooper includes magnificent vocabulary that spans farm related words and rich descriptions of creatures' activities. By then of this book, you'll be yearning for a visit to the country.
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Format: Hardcover
A farm is not just a conglomeration of farm equipment, it is made of several individual components that, at times, seem to work as one. You start out with a family, perhaps a mother, father, a boy and a girl. Add to that a house, outbuildings, equipment, "a few farmhands," cows, chickens, "countless cats," and a mischievous dog. Add everything together and you have the formula for a successful family, animal and business unit. On a beautiful spring day, puffy clouds move over the farm as a "tractor rumbles back and forth" preparing the land for the upcoming planting season. The farmer works until mud season and the farm draws to a standstill for a short time because "Weather can't be fixed." The rain will soothe the earth until it is time to begin again.

The children each have their chores, some of which "don't seem like chores." The farmer plants the fields and the days become warmer. The air is ripe with the pleasant smells of the farm. Although not all people find the smell of manure comforting, they know that the farm is coming alive with activity. The cats do their job in the barn and a litter of new kittens is hidden in the hayloft. Homer, the dog, is friends with Fern cat and "together they walk around the barnyard and keep things in order." There are many animals to keep in line. Before you know it, the corn is as high as an elephant's eye. The seasons are moving right along on schedule and together everyone on the farm works together to ensure things go smoothly until "November breaks clear and cold" and it is time for everything to rest.

This lovely, lyrically detailed whirlwind tour of a farm through the seasons gives the young reader a glimpse life on a farm.
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Elisha is the award-winning author "Farm," "A Good Night Walk," and "Homer." "Beach" won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. "Dance!" was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. His adult books include "A Year in New York" and the memoir "Crawling: A Father's First Year." He lives with his family in New York.

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