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TUTTLE’S RED BARN by Richard Michelson Kirkus Star

TUTTLE’S RED BARN

The Story of America’s Oldest Family Farn

By Richard Michelson (Author) , Mary Azarian (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-399-24354-7
Publisher: Putnam

When John Tuttle arrived in Dover, N.H., in the 1600s, cleared some land and built a cabin, he had no way of knowing how many future Tuttles would benefit from his actions. So far, 12 generations have lived on what became America’s oldest family farm, and each learns, grows and adds their experiences in this chronicle of a farm and family. In tracing the history of the land and people—each generation receives a minimum of one spread each—Michelson also relates American history as it affects each set of occupants through their eyes, covering tension between the settlers and Indians, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the Underground Railroad, the changing economy, the appearance of the first automobile and the development of the current store. Azarian’s signature woodcut prints add an appropriately warm and folkloric touch. Perhaps more information about Indians and how they did not generally instigate conflict could be included, but otherwise a flawless work—recommended for both home and school reading. (Nonfiction. 5-8)