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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Moo Pr Inc (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976680521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976680529
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4–An unusual book about the authors childhood on his familys farm. The text, comprised of three to six sentences per page, describes Lewiss family, work and play, the produce raised, school, and the farm itself. Old black-and-white family photos serve as the focal point of each full-page illustration. The full-color art appears around and under them, thus extending the background to the surrounding landscape. Other vintage photos with the old black corner mounts are displayed as in a scrapbook. The only criticism is that the clarity and quality of some of the original 1950s photos are not the greatest. With this shortcoming, this title is still an outstanding choice for this genre.–Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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"...a delight that parents and grandparents will want to share with young readers in their lives." -- Melissa Parcel, BookLoons Reviews

"A note from the author...glossary and...farming websites make this puposeful and suited to a unit on rural life." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A wonderful teaching guide about life on a farm....comes with an excellent four page Teacher guide..." -- Carole McDonnell, Preschool Entertainment

"Treat your youngsters....it's one of the finest [Hudson] Valley-related children's books we've seen in ages." -- Reed Sparling, Hudson Valley Magazine

"[Alan Lewis] speaks from the heart of rural America...will inspire kids to ask questions." -- Christina Lewis, MyShelf Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Durling Heath on February 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like a lot of people, I did not grow up on a farm. I grew up on a planned suburban development to accommodate Baby-Boomers' ever growing demand for affordable housing. Located about 20 miles outside a larger metropolitan area, there were 1,500 three-bedroom and two-bathroom ranch homes in our 1960's era subdivision, which required the clearing of hundreds of acres of farmland. At my house, there were no chickens, no cows, and no hogs.

I did not grow up on a farm, but Alan K. Lewis did.

2008 Charlotte Award Nominee book, `I Grew Up On A Farm' is a nostalgic journey through Mr. Lewis' real childhood experiences on the family farm near Middletown, New York where he and his brother were born and raised. The story is non-fiction and the reader will find no cute rhymes and no simple or entertaining plots. Rather, the young audience will find a simple and true account of life on a farm in rural America during the 1950's and 1960's. For example, on page 13, Lewis describes a typical summer night, "At night, we slept in tents under the stars. Our favorite nighttime games were playing flashlight tag and catching fireflies in jars to watch them light up." Lewis writes about his special pet on page 18, "I had a pet squirrel named Nutsy. My cousins would laugh when he climbed on my head."

Perhaps the most unique aspect of `I Grew Up On A Farm' is the illustration technique, which I do not know whether Lewis and illustrator Bob Fletcher created. However, the used of Lewis' real family photos which are expanded by Fletcher using colored pencils (I think) to include the images that may have been outside the view of the camera lens create a interesting and attractive effect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on December 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rebeccasreads highly recommends I GREW UP ON A FARM as a kind & gentle tale of memories & photographs of a time long since past -- fifty years ago when many American children still lived & worked on farms.

I GREW UP ON A FARM is a time capsule for those of us still living close to the earth, still collecting eggs from nests, carrying slops out to the sty & selling what you grew at your roadside stall. For those city born & raised critters, reading it on those days when the surrounding cement has you all hemmed in, it will give you an idea of the fun & joy of what once was -- the American family farmer who fed us all, with much more than just good food.

Very well done & a keeper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely a fresh idea on a learning children's book; I was impressed. Author, Alan K. Lewis, tells the reader of his life growing up on a farm. He tells little stories about the animals, the crops, the weather and even a tale when his dad did a wheelie with the tractor, adding a little giggle to the read.

However, what I think impressed me the most with this work was the pictures. Not only are there great illustrations, but the author has incorporated some real pictures of himself and his family during his childhood living on the farm. Excellent.

This is a great read, a great story and some great pictures and illustrations. I highly recommend this work.
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Format: Hardcover
I Grew Up On A Farm is a picturebook recounting of the author's childhood memories growing up on a farm over fifty years ago. Beautifully illustrated with vintage black-and-white photographs translated into soft artistic and scenic renderings, and the text brings to life the excitement, hard work, fresh air, and wonderment of laboring hard to grow things. A glossary and a collection of websites where children can go to learn more about farming round out this treasury of daily farm life.
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