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I bought this book based on the few sample pages and what a treasure it turned out to be!!!! I can not say enough good things about this charming, oh so true, story of preparing a farm for winter. As a market grower and artist myself, I was absolutely delighted with both the narrative and pictures. The artwork is perfect for expressing the mood of the season. Echoes of The Oxcart Man and Good Night Moon will vibrate with anyone familiar with those two classics. There are lots of details for the looking in the text and illustrations. I loved that this book does not dumb down the vocabulary of vegetables, making them generic mush. Kale, Mizuna, Spinach, and Garlic are grown in the throughout the coldest months. Diversity on this organic farm is expressed in the scope of enterprises including bees for pollination and honey, chickens for market eggs, garlic braids, root vegetables, strawberries, maple syrup, and much more. There is also cover cropping!!! I would venture to say adults will be as captivated by this beautiful book as the children. Purchase the hardcover so it can be handed down for generations of delighted recipients.
I highly recommend this book for the young members in your family. We have four year old twin grandchildren for whom it is an ideal addition to their library. There are teachable subjects on each page. The frontispiece shows autumn leaves; the ends show snow and snowflakes as the farm transitions between Fall and Winter. Children can see how the various aspects of the farm need to be taken care of before Winter arrives. It shows how to take care of the equipment, protect the strawberry patch with a straw blanket, plant clover and rye to enrich the earth by replacing nutrients in the soil, and so much more. Mother cans food to tide them over the cold months and to sell at their roadside stand market.
So much instruction shown in beautiful pictures and read in the gentle text. Wish I would have found this book a year ago, but our four year olds are greatly interested in it and have learned a lot. I'd love to give this book 10 Stars!!
We really enjoy reading this book to our grandson. It provides lots of things to look for in the illustrations and opportunities for interacting. Great book! Ended up purchasing more copies and plan to give them to friends and family with young children. It was a delight to read... a favorite of ours and our grandsons.
Beautifully written and illustrated. My kids are 2, 5 and 10 and they all enjoy this book. Not too wordy so it keeps the 2 year old’s attention but it is still educational for the older kids (and adults). Highly recommend! The illustrations are very well done.
This book is perfect. The illustrations are magnificent, the story line of the family prepping the farm for the coming winter--it all resonates deeply with what we all need to understand: our deep ties to the farmer and his/her work, whether we are urban, suburban, or country dwellers. I cannot praise this book enough. If there is a child of any age in your life, you should own this book.
Beautiful illustrations with very interesting and educational text combine to make this one of my favorite children's books! I love this book, and can't wait to read it to my grandson - when he's a bit older (and speaking).
This is a beautiful story about farm life. With so few family farms left in our country, it is important that our children know where their food comes from. This story is beautifully illustrated and tells about the work and harvest that takes place on the farm. It shows how the farmers work through the seasons and have a little time for rest when winter comes.
I saw this book recommended on Instagram from an influencer I follow. I bought it for my four-year-old son and we both love it. It teaches the process of closing a farm down for winter in a detailed way without being wordy. The illustrations are beautiful! My son and I both learned a lot from it!
This story is beautifully illustrated and it’s nice how it shows putting things to bed for winter. We are using it in our homeschool and it’s perfect for this transition time from one season to the next.