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Down on the Farm

Fall is a time for harvests, Halloween, and crisp air. It's a great time to visit a farm, even if only through a book. Laugh along with novice farmers dealing with a haunted henhouse; recall growing up on a farm and longing for a horse; or learn a bit about growing seeds and sustainable farming. All of this and more are in the pages of the books suggested here.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Boo Cow

By: Patricia Baehr
Illustrated by: Margot Apple
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Mr. & Mrs. Noodleman, new to Chicken Noodle Farm and their 552 chickens, begin their egg business. They soon discover, however, that their henhouse is haunted. The not-so-scary ghost helps the couple solve a mystery in this funny, slightly wacky tale.

Busy Barnyard

By: John Schindel
Illustrated by: Steven Holt
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Animals shown in color photographs engage in a range of recognizable activities — from romping to snuggling. Lively language and a sturdy format are used in this appealing book just right to share with young children.

Don't Slam the Door!

By: Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by: Will Hillenbrand
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

For every action, there really is a consequence as this lively, rhyming tale demonstrates. The young narrator well understands it when she warns others not to slam the door! Chaos reigns temporarily on the family farm but is likely to begin again.

Everything But the Horse: A Childhood Memory

By: Holly Hobbie
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The author recalls moving from the city to a farm on Middlebury Road. There the family had dogs, cats, fowl, and a cow. The young narrator, whose birthday is coming up, longs for a horse. Richly detailed watercolors warmly evoke a family, farm life, and a dream


By: Elisha Cooper
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A large format is used for detailed, expressive illustrations to create a portrait of a contemporary farm. When combined with lyrical language, the changing seasons, information about planting and animals, and farm life are successfully presented.

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch

By: Mary Peterson, Jennifer Rofe
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Two small piggies leave their sleeping mom in the pumpkin patch for a barnyard romp — over and under, behind, and into — until they wind up back to where they started for a snooze. Comic illustrations and text combine to present a playful porcine gambol.

Pigs to the Rescue

By: John Himmelman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

All week when Farmer Greenstalk and his family have minor problems, it's "pigs to the rescue" — with hilarious results. The disasters created by the supportive porkers are seen only in comic illustrations which also remind readers that it isn't over yet!

Seed, Soil, Sun: Earth's Recipe for Food

By: Cris Peterson
Illustrated by: David Lundquist
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Earth's recipe for the food we eat — seed, soil, and sun — are presented in crisp photographs and brief, lucid text all in a large format. Young scientists (and their adults) may be inspired to start their own seeds but observe their world more closely.

Too Many Turkeys

By: Linda White
Illustrated by: Megan Lloyd
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fred and Belle take in a small turkey, naming him Buford. Thanks to Buford's insect eating (and his droppings), Belle's garden is the best around; that is, until wild turkeys join him on the small farm. Fred's creativity humorously resolves the problem — maybe.

Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm

By: Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by: Brian Harris
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This look at one local farm presents a look at work on a farm raising food and animals while protecting the environment. Handsome photographs show the uniqueness of the seasons.

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