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My First Farm Friends: Books in a Barn Board book – September 24, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: Baby and up
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Box Nov PC edition (September 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603429913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603429917
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 5.9 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...The soothing pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons and a cheery tone create an idyllic rural environment, while giving children a sense of how the animals--and the humans who care for them--spend each day. Also included are sturdy pop-out animals, for use with the foldout playscape. Up to age 3. (Sept.) - Publishers Weekly

This boxed set, which includes a cardboard barn (with Velcro door) and stand-up farm animals, contains four books, each of which follows the same sturdy formula (“A Day With Cows,”  “A Day With Pigs,” “A Day With Goats,”  “A Day With Chickens”). The cows, who live in the big red barn, wake up, chow down, interact with their human counterparts and eventually make their way back to the barn by bedtime. The chickens live in the coop.... But combined with lively, sketchlike watercolor illustrations, the book’s simplicity speaks volumes about the wonders of farm life to suburban and city-dwelling listeners. (The New York Times Sunday Book Review )

My First Farm Friends by Betsy Wallin is a sweet read-and-play combo for babies through preschoolers. Four board books, one for each farmyard favorite—goat, cow, pig and chicken—show daily life on a happy family farm. We see where the animals live, what they eat, how they play and how the whole family works together to take good care of them. We also learn the real names for animals, like father rooster, mother hen and baby chicks; or, for the goats, father buck, mother doe and baby kid. The cute gift box in which the four books are contained is illustrated inside and out and instantly converts into a play barn with a working door. Children can act out the stories and make up new ones using the four sturdy, stand-up animals. A nice touch for tired parents is that each book ends with a sunset and cozy night scene just right for winding down with bedtime reading. (BookPage )

From the Back Cover

Barnyard Joy for Little Farmers

Unpack the irresistible books that teach your child about daily life on the farm, pop out the stand-up animals, and open up the barn.

Your toddler is now ready for hours of farm-themed fun with these adorable new animal friends -- cow, pig, goat, and chicken. It all adds up to an unbeatable read-and-play combination.

More About the Author

Betsy Wallin has always loved drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. As a child she used to paint giant murals of wild animals in her basement and go on bicycle rides through the countryside to sketch barns and horses. Betsy's illustration combines a warm feeling of nostalgia and a love of animals with playful humor. While she draws much of her inspiration from childhood memories and her experiences raising her own children, she is also clearly influenced by Art History and imagery of the past.

Betsy studied Art History at Vassar College and U.C. Berkeley, then settled in France, where she had four children. Her illustration classes at the ENSAD, a decorative arts school in Paris, led to her first publications: "The Monkey and the Lion", Nathan Press and "Mr. Seguin's Goat", Editions Atlas. Later on, she spent two years in New York City studying illustration at Pratt Institute.

Now she is back in Paris where she pursues her work as an artist. She recently wrote and illustrated "My First Farm Friends", Storey Publishing, September 2011.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Myers on November 25, 2011
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I purchased this for my new baby nephew. It's much cuter and more colorful than the photos! I am thrilled! I know he is going to love this, and play with this, for many years!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr JKT on September 19, 2011
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This book collection combines a wonderful educational concept for small children with brilliant, colorful, and playful illustration. I purchased this for my wife's godson and he went through all books in one day! A nice, friendly, gift - particularly for city bound kids. JKT, Ed.D. HGSE
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By Debra R. Depta on August 6, 2013
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My grandson loved this set of books!! Doesn't want to put them down!!! He wants be to sit with him and read them to him!!! His mom thinks they're great has added them to his collection of favorite things to do at bedtime
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By Tina on January 19, 2013
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I wish that the illustrations were better to attract the attention of small children. They seem to be only so-so.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine J. Raguckas on January 30, 2014
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my grandson loved the farm books, other than that i do not know what to write. hope you have more deals like this one thanks
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