Quiet and atmospheric, Elisha Cooper‘s Farm is not only the most beautiful children’s book about a farm that I have yet seen, it is also the most detailed and comprehensive. The story follows a farm family (including all the assorted cats, dog, cows, chickens, and roosters) through the different seasons as they till the soil, plant the seeds, spray fertilizer, harvest the vegetables, fill the silos, then haul the corn to grain elevators where it will be loaded onto trains. Both story and pictures are impressionistic, but this style only adds to the charm (even if it makes it hard to pinpoint exactly how the combine harvester works; there are other books for that). As for James’ opinion? We read it four times before lunch today. Giggle factor: James thinks calling a rooster “Breakfast” is absolutely hysterical, though he gets very concerned when one of the roosters vanishes. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on July 11, 2010.

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