I had to laugh upon my first reading of this fun picture book.
It's about the struggles a farmer goes through over the course
of the entire planting season in order to bring in a full harvest
by autumn. And all these struggles have proven true in our humble
attempt to grow a garden!
Crows in the pea patch, rabbits in the lettuce, raccoons in the
cornfield, and frost nipping at the tomatoes--Ms. Ipcar has written
a delightfully true rhyming book for children ages 3-8. More importantly,
she has portrayed the diligence on the part of farmers to take
care of their gardens and animals so that harvest time doesn't
go by without reward.
A simple color scheme of reds, blacks, and greens keeps the illustrations
subdued yet interesting. In fact, the use of various tints and
shades of these three colors would make an excellent art lesson
to supplement the book!
The story culminates with the family's Thanksgiving dinner, which
makes this a great addition to your holiday reading. However, reading
it at the beginning of gardening season might spur your children
to work harder in their daily gardening chores, too.