- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Reading is Key Publishing (June 7, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945505400
- ISBN-13: 978-1945505409
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meet Me at the Farmers Market Paperback – June 7, 2018
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"Meet Me At the Farmers Market is an inviting story about seven-year-old Sophia and her friends and family who all love their weekend trips to the Farmers Market. Brightly colored paintings bring the experience of attending Farmers Market to life for young readers."
--Midwest Book Review, November 2018
From the Author
I love the squeals of delight from children as they read a book and discover its hidden secrets. My own children loved to be read to when they were small and as they grew. I believe reading is the key to success for kids--and it opens up new worlds for people of all ages. After more than three decades of helping writers become published authors, I decided it was time for my own ideas to become a reality. I have more books rolling around in my brain, so I hope you enjoy this one!
This book came from watching and talking with kids at our local Farmers Market. We do an event nearly every weekend from spring through autumn, and I just love to see the happiness that floods the streets when a child has gotten a new book from me or one of our other authors. It might seem a little odd to mix zucchini with books, but to me, it's a natural. The people who care what they put in their bodies are very likely to care about what they put in their brains, too. I hope you and your children enjoy the books.
Thank you for reading!
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Sophia loves to meet her friends at the farmers market and explore the many vendor's tables of delicious fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat.
The market is much more than just a place to buy food. There are musicians entertaining the shoppers, face painting and balloon animals. The children visit "Annie's Treat's" to buy yummy popsicles and ice cream cones to beat the heat.
At the end of the day, Sophia and her mother leave the market with bags full of fresh food that will last them until their next visit.
This is an informative and entertaining book about an outing to the farmers market. The market is much more than just a place to buy food. It is also a place to meet friends and have fun.
The beautiful watercolor illustrations add great value to the text. I read this book on a 7" Kindle e-reader. The formatting is excellent and allows the pictures to be "pulled out" to fill the entire sceen.
There is a large sign at the entrance of the market that says "Support Local". This book introduces children to an alternative to the common grocery store. All the food in the farmers market is grown by farmers in close proximity to the market. This guarantees freshness and quality that might not be available at the grocery store.
This is a perfect summer-time selection for young readers.
First I must say that I am very happy that Ms Pelto has not used "Farmers'" and instead uses the more traditional, common and more correct "Farmers". For those of you who bristle, there is a complex etymological argument that can be summarized by pointing out that we do not say "horse's stable", "Union's Hall", or "Steelworkers' Club".
Otherwise Ms Pelto's vision of farmers markets is very much the white elite stereotype we find in some popular literature and online. The market is a weekly fair, not a business location. The tents are beautiful, high peaked, and snow white. Dogs, music and non-food sales are allowed. The only farmer we see is white and older. We are told to buy the most beautiful vegetables.
Farmers markets are so much more than this. Most importantly, farmers markets are not white. Thousands of farmers, many, perhaps most of whom are people of color, use farmers markets as their primary sales venue and an important source of food.
Sales are from the back of pick-ups. Many heritage cultivars are not beautiful, and sales of "seconds" are important to home food preservers. Dogs are an unhealthy and dangerous nuisance and are mostly banned. Farmers markets take place all week, not just on weekends. The most austere markets, those that focus on farmer profit, ban crafts and non-food item sales because the consumer dollars should be for farmers only. Entertainment, while it may be linked to increased traffic, is only weakly linked to improved sales. Most markets only have entertainment on special days.
Ms Pelto's book promotes elitist stereotypes and we can ask if this is what is needed today.
I received a review copy of "Meet Me at the Farmers Market" by Lisa Pelto, illustrated by Paula S. Wallace (Reading is Key Publishing) through NetGalley.com.
At one point, the child in the book says that farmers markets have things like hot pretzels, cinnamon rolls and lemonade. At another point, she says she likes having her face painted. I'm sure those things are offered in some farmers markets, but they're not in any of ours. Now my kids feel like they're missing out, when the focus should be solely on the wonderful variety of foods offered.
I agree with the reviewer who pointed out that many there is a lack of variety in cultures in the people and the produce pictured. Half the vendors in some of the farmers markets we go to are Asian and there is a huge variety of foods offered (often with no idea what the English word is for the stuff we buy). I don't really see any indication that there are foods from other cultures in this book (though there is a tent with organic treats for your dog -- definitely not something in our farmers markets!). And yes, folks sell out of the beds of pickup trucks and all kinds of set ups in the farmers markets around here. It doesn't look like the magical circus scene of this book.
I do like the fact that the narrator points out that the foods change with the seasons, but the food is such a tiny part of this book that it's a missed opportunity. And I'm not sure that I agree that "we take the best looking ones" is always the best bet. We often buy "canning grade" (imperfect) produce at a steep price break, and many an ugly melon has had the sweetest flesh.
I am glad to see children's books focus on farmers markets, but this one does give a rather generic, white, fairy tale version of them that misses out on the real flavor of many farmers markets around the country and the world.