Books by Jacqueline Farmer

VALENTINE BE MINE by Jacqueline Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A solid nonfiction offering; libraries should buy multiples. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Farmer (O Christmas Tree, 2010) offers a compelling survey of the history, legends, traditions and symbols of Valentine's Day for the primary school set. Read full book review >
APPLES by Jacqueline Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

Apples are a perennial favorite for fall eating, teacher gifts and back-to-school primary science units. Farmer's contribution covers apple varieties, how they grow, nutrition, apple history, a list of fun facts and, of course (nearly every apple book has one), a recipe for apple pie. (Why not apple cobbler? Apple brown betty? Applesauce?) Two problems keep this volume from being as useful as similar titles. First, there's no story—the information is presented sequentially within each subtopic, but there's no overall flow. Second, there's too much information for primary grades, while not being enough for upper-level students, who've probably moved beyond apples, anyway. Two pages discuss grafting and scions in a manner that will likely confuse younger readers. Half as much information, presented more clearly, would have made a better book. For libraries wanting a lot of facts about apples, this might work, but teachers below grade three should look elsewhere. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)Read full book review >