HEY, HEY, HAY! by Christy Mihaly

HEY, HEY, HAY!

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A rhyming tale of hay, from field to bale.

In a twist on traditional work roles, this mother-daughter team tackles the job of harvesting hay. They start by cutting it (“Mower blades slice through the grass. / A new row falls with every pass. / Stalks and stems are scattered ’round. / The scents of new-mown plants abound”). Then they use the tedder to aerate the pieces. After that, the hay dries under the warm sun. This gives the mother and daughter time to gulp a mug of switchel—a refreshing gingery drink (recipe included)—and nibble a piece of cake. Then the narrative reaches the part of the process most recognizable to young tots: rolling the hay into huge, circular mounds. Debut picture-book author Mihaly shares the true secret of hay bales—a tiny bit of summer is trapped inside each one, ready to burst out when opened on a winter’s day. Snappy, economic rhymes capture the entire process of a far-from-oft-told farm chore, while Cepeda’s oil-over-acrylic medium heightens the muddied, earthy environment. Mother and daughter are depicted with olive skin and straight, dark-brown hair.

Even urban readers will cheer; in fact, the title commands it. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3666-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2018




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