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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5
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About the Author

Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. She is the author and illustrator of Collect Raindrops and Mama, Is It Summer Yet? and the illustrator of All in a Day, by Cynthia Rylant, which won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller's award. She visits her farmers market in Olympia, Washington, every week. Visit her online at www.nikkimcclure.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081099738X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997387
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My six-year-old and I enjoyed reading Nikki McClure's descriptions of a farmer's market. Even more so, we enjoyed the beautiful cut-paper illustrations generously scattered throughout the book. A young boy and his mother visit the local farmer's market to purchase produce for a family dinner. On the list - apples, kale, smoked salmon, honey, blueberry turnovers, napkins, and cheese. As the pair visits each stall, readers are provided a glimpse into how each stall vendor produced or made his/her wares.

There's Michael the apple vendor who uses the grafting method to grow apple trees. My daughter (both of us love gardening) liked reading about the care that goes into maintaining a healthy apple tree. We then read about Colin and Genine the kale growers. It was interesting to read that there are different variations of kale with interesting names like Dinosaur and Red Russian!

Steve the smoked salmon vendor explains the process of making smoked salmon with three essential ingredients - healthy, fresh fish; rock salt; and, alder smoke. We also learned how honey is procured, how blueberry turnovers are baked, the process of making napkins using traditional Japanese methods, and how a mother-daughter pair makes cheese.

This picture book is a delight on so many levels - the text is informative but not dense or full of jargon (which makes it a great read for children) and the vivid and unique cut paper illustrations render each picture a wonder to look at and peruse. The final scene of a happy family settling down to a simple yet hearty meal puts a nice finishing touch to the book. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on July 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Quick! Where does food like fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and cheese come from? Of course, silly, from the grocery store. Well, not always, and there's more to it than just that. More and more people are turning to local farmers markets to find fresher and healthier foods. In this book, a young boy and his mother go on Market Day to shop for Michael's crisp apples, Colin and Genine's kale, Steve's smoked salmon, Benjamin's maple honey, Evan and Emma's blueberry turnovers, Heather and Katelyn's goat cheese, and even Yukie's hand-dyed napkins. What will they do with all this good stuff?
Author Nikki McClure, whose cut-paper art nicely illustrates the story, visits the Olympia, WA, Farmers Market every week. All of the people pictured in the book are real vendors at her local market. In addition, McClure did extensive research on who makes the food she eats and how it gets to market. So as the boy and his mother shop, they tell the reader how each item is grown or made so that it can grace their table and fill their stomachs. Did you know that there are over 6,000 farmers markets in the United States alone? To Market, To Market will encourage people to buy locally, eat healthy, and discover new foods. It is a unique and fascinating way to introduce youngsters to how food is grown, prepared, and brought to market. Perhaps the "way it used to be" is the wave of the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
On Market Day, everyone finds their baskets and gathers to buy their food. From apples to honey to cheese, the market offers nature's bounty. Families eat well tonight, and say thanks for the fresh food. With paper-cut illustrations and detailed summaries about the market's goods, children ages 5-8 will learn about farmer's markets and perhaps want to visit one soon.
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Nikki McClure's woodcuts are beautiful, as they are in all of her work. This is the story of a young child who goes to the farmers market. Each "chapter" of the book is about one of the farmers/artisans and what they do to grow or make what they sell at the market -- e.g. the couple who grows kale, the family who makes goat cheese, the guy who raises honeybees and sells honey, etc. At the end of the book the child has a big meal with his family/friends incorporating all of the items purchased at the market. Each chapter thanks the farmer and the animals for their hard work. This is a wonderful book for maybe 4-6 year olds, and also a great book for the Montessori classroom. The text is basically matter-of-fact, realistic portrayals of what people do to make cheese, grow vegetables, etc. combined with those gorgeous illustrations. Be warned though that this is NOT a quick read -- there is a lot of text in each chapter, so don't expect to be able to polish this off quickly at your kid's bedtime!
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By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2014
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I bought this book after finishing my Montessori training because I was looking for books that had realistic topics and real, specific vocabulary.

I love this book as an educator and mother because it describes the growing, preparation and selling process of food products using technical terms (rootstock, scion, alder smoke) which is great for young children who are little sponges for this kind of information. I've read this to children from 2 - 10 years old and they all love it, but the age that loves it most seems to be about 2-7.

The pictures are stunning, the story is nice ( I like the fact that the smoked salmon and honey sellers trade their products, and that the author thanks the beekeeper, as well as the bees for the honey) and it's a great way to promote an appreciation for local products and small farmers in young children.
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