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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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book is so beautiful and so moving I can barely read it without choking up! The illustrations are exquisite, and even very young children will spend long moments gazing at each scene. The theme and the text profoundly intertwine of the seasons of life and the circle of life, the joy of life's gifts and the poignancy of life's losses. But parents, please don't be concerned--it is not a sad and sobering story. It is, however, a delightful contrast to the "say absolutely nothing in a snappy way" books that dominate the shelves of the children's section.

I love it so much that after discovering it at our local library, I snapped up used copies for my own house and for each of my grandchildren's households. If you find this out-of-print book at a decent price, buy it while you can!
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This very simple story of a family echoes the story of all families. Beautifully written in a simple manner for young children. The artwork is incredible. This is a book that I want to give to my children as they marry.
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