Farm by Elisha CooperFarm by Elisha Cooper


byElisha Cooper

Hardcover | April 1, 2010

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There is so much to look at and learn about on a farm--animals, tractors, crops, and barns. And children feeding animals for morning chores! With lyrical writing and beautiful illustrations that capture the rhythms of the changing seasons, Elisha Cooper brings the farm to life.
Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of Beach, which won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Other picture books include A Good Night Walk, Magic Thinks Big, and Dance!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. His adult books include the memoir Crawling: A Father's First Year. Elisha Cooper lives with his fami...
Title:FarmFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 11.84 × 9.78 × 0.4 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545070759

ISBN - 13:9780545070751

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Celebrates Living off the Land This book follows a family farm, consisting of a man, wife, boy and girl, from early in the spring until late in the fall. Unlike most cutesy-wutesy farm picture books, this one shows the real life running and operation of cultivating the fields, chores, livestock, weather and daily life found throughout the year on a farm. It shows the agricultural lifestyle of a family that lives in a rural area and what the children's lives are like, doing chores before and after school and spending time playing outside and with the animals. The book is quite textual, while not actually having a lot of text per page, there is certainly enough text that little ones may get squirmy listening to this book. Grades 1 to 3 will find the book most useful and entertaining with the higher end finding the most enjoyment. The book is well-written with an engaging voice. My only complaint is the illustrations. I just can't say I'm a fan of Cooper's work. I enjoyed the landscapes and scenes of the buildings but the people with no facial features and animals are not my cup of tea being tiny squiggles that look like they are missing parts and just barely recognizable. Cooper, however, has won awards so obviously I'm in the minority. A good book to celebrate agriculture, rural life and living off the land.
Date published: 2010-04-22

Editorial Reviews

Cooper (Beach) creates a joyful tribute to family farms in this luminous and lyrical picture book. The text is stately, quiet, and poetic (\u201cMorning chores would be better if they didn't happen every morning\u201d), and the book slowly takes readers through a year of planting, good and bad weather, and ordinary details about farm life. At the same time, Cooper includes enough specific portraits and names to make the book seem like a felicitous cross between fiction and nonfiction. Like a puzzlemaker, Cooper begins with a sequence of cumulative phrases and sketchbook-style paintings: \u201cTake a farmer, another farmer, a boy, a girl. Add a house, two barns, four silos.... Then cattle, chickens, countless cats, a dog. Put them all together and you get...\u201d A page turn reveals \u201c...a farm,\u201d broad and serene, stretched across the palest of skies. Delicately shaded watercolors, outlined in black, are a mix of spot art, clustered images, and spectacular spreads that portray the farm and its inhabitants from diverse points of view. The graceful text and serenely stunning illustrations create a portrait both reverent and realistic. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) -- Publisher's Weekly