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Anywhere Farm Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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“You can grow your own farm anywhere” is the empowering message of this inclusive picture book...The neighborhood scenes add to the sense of community-building reinforced here. This picture book will be especially beneficial for school units on plants and seeds and for library storytimes with a spring or gardening theme.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The text focuses on the titular concept of an "anywhere farm," without differentiating between farms and gardens, but this conceit is part of the amusing, rollicking tone. Detailed, soft-focus illustrations in mixed media use an autumnal palette of muted green, peach, and tan...This pleasant look at gardening in a city setting reflects a growing trend.
Karas’s (A Hat for Mrs. Goldman) smudgy mixed-media art warmly shows a community coming together as citizens young and old join in, building to the unveiling of a neighborhood garden/market. It’s a cheery celebration of community and the hands-on joys of gardening.
This picture book beautifully blends effortless rhyming text with soft-hued mixed-media illustrations to encourage young gardeners to start growing something—anywhere...The ending suggests that all it takes is one farmer and one anywhere farm to encourage other gardeners—which just might result in a community everywhere farm. A great read-aloud for aspiring gardeners and farmers.
The diverse cast features a variety of skin colors as well as an infant-toting dad, a man in a wheelchair, and a bunch of pets; the group includes active children, old people content just to sit in a chair in the sunshine, and everyone in between. Inspiring and empowering; friendly and inviting.
—The Horn Book
Such a treasure is Phyllis Root...In her latest, told in kicky rhyme, she celebrates the simple joy of planting a seed anywhere and watching it grow.
This would be a nice read aloud to kick off a unit on seeds and plants, particularly in communities where green space is not common, and would be a fun book for budding gardeners everywhere.
—School Library Connection
About the Author
Phyllis Root is the author of a wide range of picture books, including Creak! Said the Bed, illustrated by Regan Dunnick; One Duck Stuck, illustrated by Jane Chapman; and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Big Momma Makes the World, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Phyllis Root lives in Minneapolis.
G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than ninety children’s books, including Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle and the Ant and Honey Bee series by Megan McDonald. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
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Root writes with a lovely warm tone, inviting readers along on this gardening adventure. The use of an urban setting is great to see in a picture book, especially showing children the creation of the space from the empty lot into a green center of activity. Root uses repetition and rhymes, creating a picture book that is a joy to share aloud. There is a wonderful playful nature about the book, the garden and the bounty.
Karas always creates a delightful feel in the picture books he illustrates. The children he shows are of various races and backgrounds. He shows a vibrant urban setting, filled with activity and energy. It’s just the sort of place that feels like something could happen, and here we get to see it from the ground up, literally.
A strong addition to gardening picture books, this is a perfect read aloud for spring. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
The excellent rhyming makes this a book that's just as much fun to read as it is to listen to. Add in illustrations that strike the perfect balance between realism and whimsy and you get an excellent book for Spring and a must have for the classroom or for story time.
I love this well-rhymed encouragement that anyone has a spot to grow a little something. The illustrations depict people in an inner city environment who find all sorts of creative spots to grow plants. Read this one with <i>The Curious Garden</i> by Brown and <i>The Gardener</i> by Stewart for some great read alikes that encourage urban gardening.