THE YEAR OF NO MORE CORN by Helen Ketteman

THE YEAR OF NO MORE CORN

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 When Beanie complains that ``Dad says I'm too young to help'' plant corn, Grampa allows that ``that's funny, because he said I'm too old''--and wisely seizes the opportunity to describe the spring of 1928, when his successive plantings were destroyed by a string of disasters rivaling the plagues of Egypt: floods, wind, crows, a sun so hot the hens laid hard-boiled eggs and the corn popped. With the seed corn exhausted, Grampa says, he whittled a wooden ear (like the one he's making now), planted the kernels, and grew an extraordinary, never-to-be-duplicated crop of corn-laden trees. Ketteman's wry, folksy telling of her original tale is colorful and well paced. Parker's elegantly scribbled pen drawings are drenched in the sunny colors of the Midwest; the tender scenes of the boy and the old man together are especially lovely. A lively, likable tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-531-05950-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1993




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