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COUNTRY ROAD ABC by Arthur  Geisert Kirkus Star


An Illustrated Journey through America’s Farmland

by Arthur Geisert & illustrated by Arthur Geisert

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-547-19469-1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Only someone who’s walked the walk and driven the tractor—and is immensely creative besides—could take readers on such an accurate, realistic and fascinating alphabetic farmland journey. With his signature etchings, Geisert has illustrated an amazing homage to American farms and farmers. The choice of letter descriptors conveys his ingenuity: A for ammonia fertilizer; B for barn cats; I for inoculate (pigs against disease); Q for quicksand; X marks the spot for county road Y31 (longitude and latitude); Z for z-brace on the barn door. The rustic, rural scenes are far from static: K shows a nettled cow kicking a startled farmer; O depicts three people scratching their backs from the dust during an oat delivery. Outstanding composition of the diminutive and meticulous details makes hay with this close-up and wide-lens vista of farm life. A continuous panorama of the same road runs across the bottom of the spreads, along which sharp eyes will pinpoint the teensy icon of the letter depiction amid the broad picture. A simply glorious barn and farm opus. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)