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WHEN I VISIT THE FARM

Author: Crystal Beshara

Illustrator: Crystal Beshara

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Publisher: Lobster Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A simple picture book about the animals and fresh feeling of being on a farm. The illustrations are actual paintings by the artist, put to words and assembled into a book. The illustrations show an appreciation for fresh, happy, spring colors, and exude with the joy of being a child. This is a picture book poem about being on a farm.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read with boys 3 and 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys loved all the animals and were mesmerized by the bright, happy colors of the illustrations.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved this book. You get to really see life on the farm through a CHILD’s eyes, looking at all the animals and life in general. You come away feeling happy and getting a better sense of “how things work” on a farm. I wasn't surprised they liked it; this is another book worthy of admiration.

Pros: Gorgeous illustrations and sweet depictions of children on a farm will encourage kids to listen along now and explore later.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: BUY it! If you like this you may want to buy a second copy to cut up and frame for your child’s bedroom.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALPHABET BOOK (Usborne Farmyard Tales)   FARMS LIFT AND LOOK (Usborne Lift and Look)   TILLIE LAYS AN EGG

Educational Themes: This book illustrates life on the farm, emotions (happy), and spring. It also lets you contrast babies and adults, as well as different animal eggs.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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