ON GRANDPA'S FARM by Vivian Sathre


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A quiet paean to the eternal rhythms of country life, from Sathre (Leroy Potts Meets the McCrooks, p. 468, etc.). ""Roosters crow. Grandpa rises."" So begins a day for a boy on Grandpa's farm, entirely told in such simple constructions--""Queenie scampers. Shadows stretch."" The uncomplicated farmhouse and barnyard setting reveal routines of daily life, including gathering eggs from hens, feeding pigs, baling hay. Finally Grandpa calls his grandchild and the two go fishing, catching their supper. No one else is around as the two share a full day. Hunter's people are not as successful as her animals (Possum's Harvest Moon, 1996), but the interiors are laden with homey details--a minnow bucket, wildflowers in a pickle jar--while pleasing landscapes make effective use of the artist's unique cross-hatching technique. Her illustrations charm readers with clear color sense and composition.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin