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MY FARM FRIENDS by Wendell Minor


by Wendell Minor, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-399-24477-3
Publisher: Putnam

Inspired by childhood visits to family farms, Minor shares descriptions and facts about different farm animals and their behaviors. The interactive verse playfully engages readers, asking, “When it’s early in the morning / Will you cock-a-doodle too?” or, “…suppose you tried to take a bath / And a cow got in your way?” Some of the rhymes and the rhythm are frankly awkward: “Turkeys can be very friendly / Sometimes sitting in your lap / They even purr when they’re content / Just like a kitty cat!” Nevertheless, this book begs to be read aloud, individually or with a group. Multiple readings may be in order, as young listeners will want to visit this iconic farm over and over. Rich watercolor-gouache paintings fill each page and evoke a timeless feeling, at once recalling the past but perfectly at home in the present. Every scene is depicted realistically with a just a touch of anthropomorphism for child-friendly appeal. Whimsical facts at the back extend the information offered, and a list of Internet sources includes several farm and farm-sanctuary websites. (Informational picture book. 2-5)