Saturday, May 1, 2010


By Elisha Cooper
Orchard, 2010. Unpaged. Picture book.

Elisha Cooper's spare, evocative drawings and prose are perfectly suited to the subject of the family farm. Some animals have names, some don't. Breakfast and Biggie, the roosters, walk among cows with no names, and the boy and girl do chores, and stop for burgers and shakes in town. Homer the dog seeks the cool concrete of the barn floor, and as the planting and harvest seasons progress, the farmer drives his tractor for planting and then takes the combine into the field to harvest the corn. Farm may be more an evocative book for someone who has lived on a farm than an introduction to farm life for kids, but in either case, it is a gentle, lovely book.

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