BIG FARMER BIG AND LITTLE FARMER LITTLE by Kathryn & Byron Jackson

BIG FARMER BIG AND LITTLE FARMER LITTLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In order to avoid direct plagiarism, I suppose it was necessary to go to these exaggerated and confusing lengths to make the story different from the Margaret Wise Brown book of the same idea and slightly different title -- The Big Farmer And The Little Farmer (Wm. Scott). Here's a big, distorted and somewhat appalling farmer who can't get enough to eat and who feeds his animals so much they become giants -- an idea I think is confusing without being whimsical. Then, pasted to the tall book (similar to Harper's Tall Series) is a little red envelope in which is a small, paper book whose story is of a little farmer who hitched a snail to his plow and plowed a field the size of a handkerchief, clipped wool from his fuzzy caterpillars, took his produce to a store run by an overpowering sized wren. Loads of color in Rojankovsky's illustrations for poor quality stories. Short of the super-super value expected from this publisher because of the unattractive main character.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster