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#blogbookaday: Anywhere Farm

12 Feb

31159617Summary:  “For any anywhere farm, here’s all that you need: soil and sunshine, some water, a seed.
You might think a farm means fields, tractors, and a barnyard full of animals. But you can plant a farm anywhere you like! A box or a bucket, a boot or a pan almost anything can be turned into a home for green, growing things. Windows, balconies, and front steps all make wonderful spots to start. Who knows what plants you may choose to grow and who will come to see your new garden? Phyllis Root delivers a modern rhyming mantra for anyone hoping to put their green thumbs to good use, while G. Brian Karas s cheerful urban illustrations sprout from every page. After all, anywhere can be a farm all it takes is one small seed and someone to plant it.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Honestly, the first thing I noticed about this book was that there was a man in a wheelchair on the front cover. That drew me to the book immediately – a different type of diversity that you don’t often see in picture books. And then I read the adorable rhyming story of planting a garden where ever you may be and absolutely loved it! Plus, it’s a great way to introduce kids to different types of vegetables – help plant your own and then we get to the eat them straight from the plant.

Personal Reaction: Every spring my parents would let my siblings and me pick out a vegetable to plant in our garden in the backyard. And it was our responsibility to help water, weed and pick the vegetables when they were ripe. My parents still have a garden every year and this past summer my two-year-old nephew started helping out in the garden too – mostly just snacking on cherry tomatoes, but I love that he gets to have the same experience we had growing up!

Title: Anywhere Farm
Author: Phyllis Root
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Picture Book Month: Farmers

7 Nov

7 (1)Farming is serious business, but when the farmer never smiles, the animals try their best to get him to at least chuckle. But, nothing seems to make the farmer smile – nothing! So with that, the animals decide to leave the farm looking for a place that will take them in and is more fun. The farmer is always serious, but with his animals missing, he becomes very sad and goes out to search for them. When he sees them wandering in the woods, he pleads with them to come home, snickering to himself as he thinks about “cows and chickens runnin’ wild in the woods”. When the animals hear that little snicker they agree to come home and spend their days making the Farmer laugh even more.
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Picture Book Month Theme: Chickens

29 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
  2. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo
  3. Chickerella by Mary Jane Auch
  4. Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
  5. Big Chickenby Leslie Helakoski
  6. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  7. A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
  8. The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton
  9. Blue Chicken by Deborah Freeman
  10. Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
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