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OPA AND OMA TOGETHER

Author: Patrick Mader

Illustrator: Andrew Holmquist

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Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Meet Opa and Oma (German for grandparents). For more than 50 years they have lived on a farm in Minnesota. Our narrator tells us about their life on the farm and their roles in raising their seven children. This is a picture book about a family living on a farm.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child sat through this book patiently, all the while playing with Oma Finds a Miracle, the book s/he was much more interested in reading. The only feedback we got was "yes" (nothing else) when we asked if s/he liked this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story has great potential as a picture book that introduces kids to farm life. It was a bit stilted at times, like when the author talked about "[Oma] loves the home" as though it was a detached part of her existence. It reminded us of some of the early reading stuff we grew up with in the 1950s.

Pros: The story offers families opportunities to talk about life on a farm, and gives new readers the opportunity to practice their reading with a book that has no more than three sentences per page.

Cons: The illustrations are nice, but photographs would seem to be a better match for this particular story.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book for preschoolers to learn about life on the farm, and it's also good for new readers to practice their skills (particularly for basic sight words).

If You Liked This Book, Try: OMA FINDS A MIRACLE   ERNEST AND CELESTINE'S PICNIC   CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE

Educational Themes: Although the title suggests that this is about two people, the story is more about life on a farm, and the book is rich with information you can use to read more about (or better yet explore) farms. You might even want to try becoming a backyard farmer and growing your own food.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, family, grandparents

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2007

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