From Publishers Weekly
First published in 1988, Yonder by Tony Johnston, illus. by Lloyd Bloom, uses a plum tree to trace the generations of a 19th-century farm family. "There comes the farmer with a brand-new bride,/ Riding down the hills that roll forever." Bloom's lush oils capture the verdant hillside and the country's untamed beauty.
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2 The lives of a 19th-Century farming family unfold with the gentle rolling rhythms of Johnston's text. Each page reveals another event (marriages, births, deaths), which the family celebrates by planting another tree. The natural rhythms are reinforced, as every fourth line of text repeats the refrain, ``There. Just over there,'' effectively including readers in the setting and building a textual bridge between words and pictures. It is Bloom's primitive, lush oil paintings that really give Yonder its energy, though. The changes in a growing plum tree mark the family's changes. Human bonds echo through the pages, from one generation to the next, in poses and postures effectively conveyed with line. Striking use of color, notably greens with purples, creates happy contrasts in the environment, and often highlights people. Here is a book that will be a welcome historical note at story time, or loved by thoughtful independent readers. Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, Mass.
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