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PICNIC FARM by Christine Morton

PICNIC FARM

By Christine Morton (Author) , Sarah Barringer (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: March 15th, 1998
ISBN: 0-8234-1332-2
Publisher: Holiday House

All the goods from the animals and produce from the garden create a delicious picnic for a farmer, his wife, and their young visitors. As the farmer shows a group of kids around his farm, he points out first the creatures and plants that make up the farm, and then to the things they’ve contributed: a wool rug from the sheep, milk from the cows, fruit from the plum trees, and honey from the bees. The rhythm of the text—“Plums, plums - picked from the trees,/Honey, honey - made by the bees”—makes it ideal for chanting while stomping around a barnyard. Everyone gathers down by the stream for a feast of milk, bread, cake, and other good things in an idealized scene of rural bounty, but a cozy one; the primitive paintings in vibrant Easter-egg colors make for a very sunny outing. (Picture book. 4-6)