by Wendell Minor


"Inspired by childhood visits to family farms, Minor shares descriptions and facts about different farm animals and their behaviors. The interactive verse playfully engages readers, asking, 'When it’s early in the morning / Will you cock-a-doodle too?' or, '…suppose you tried to take a bath / And a cow got in your way?'   ... this book begs to be read aloud, individually or with a group. Multiple readings may be in order, as young listeners will want to visit this iconic farm over and over. Rich watercolor-gouache paintings fill each page and evoke a timeless feeling, at once recalling the past but perfectly at home in the present. Every scene is depicted realistically with a just a touch of anthropomorphism for child-friendly appeal. Whimsical facts at the back extend the information offered, and a list of Internet sources includes several farm and farm-sanctuary websites. 

"Minor introduces readers to common farm animals, portraying them at close range in watercolor gouache paintings.  Well-tailored to a preschool audience, Minor’s large-scale art trades some of the meticulous detail and sophistication of his previous work for lifelike (if idealized) animals that exude personality and a gentle old-fashioned feel."


Drawing on childhood memories of his family’s Illinois farm, Minor celebrates farm animals— furry, feathered, hairy, and woolly—with warm watercolor-and-gouache artwork and cozy, playful rhymes that young children will love to hear many times over." 

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