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Yonder Hardcover – July 29, 2002

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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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher; illustrated edition edition (July 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586851802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586851804
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Yonder provides children with a charming, vivid image of life, with its joys and its sorrows. The story of a farmer and his wife as they raise their family is mirrored in the growth of the beautiful plum tree outside their home. With vibrant, Impressionistic illustrations, this is an enchanting story that gently introduces children to the beauty and reality of the circle of life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book constantly as a kid (I'm eighteen now) and I loved it. It is now part of my heart forever. Parents, buy this book for your kids, if only for the sheer beauty of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By p31Mom on November 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Summary of life for a mountain farmer in the 1800s in beautiful detail. But for what age is it really appropriate? My son, 3, enjoyed the book for first time but even though I paraphrased the ending, he still was not interested in a repeat. The story is a bit abstract for most young children and, although death is part of life and this book is a beautiful illustration of this and a good reminder for adults, is it really appropriate for young children to know the full cycle of life? there are lots of things that are part of life that parents don't usually tell children until they are emotionally &/or mentally ready to handle and the full cycle of life is one of these. However, for the older child or for a child who has recently experienced a loss, this would be a good book to show how peaceful that cycle can be, how one wants to leave a legacy when one is gone and demonstrates a strong sense of family values, family bonds and the strength of family as well as family being a purpose for living and living well.

A great book on many levels and a peaceful way of painting a picture of life. Will introduce it to son again in a few years. I want him to have the perspective that this book gentlely and beautifully conveys, the importance of each life, the importance of family, the rhythem of life and the dignity of work and how it can benifit the generations of family coming after you.

I love that it also demonstrates a time period and place so well. Beautiful and thoughtful book. But wait until child is at the age you feel they are ready for this information and a poetic look at death in its place as the ending of one family members life and how life of the family and farm and area and nature go on, hopefully better for the impact that life had.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Saylor on August 15, 2013
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Yonder is a simple children's book. It starts with newly weds and continues through life with each big event causing the planting of another tree. By the end, the husband has turned into the grandpa and lots of trees testify to time's constant march.
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