The quiet little farm /
Janet Kerr.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Henry Holt, c2000.
description
[28] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0805058699 (hc : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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author
imprint
New York : Henry Holt, c2000.
isbn
0805058699 (hc : alk. paper)
abstract
As winter turns to spring, young farm animals come outdoors to play.
catalogue key
3913663
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2000-03-20:
Using painstakingly hand-tinted photographs, newcomer Kerr introduces an animal cast of characters snuggled "safe and warm" in winter seclusion in the farmhouse and barn. When spring comes, the creatures venture into the great outdoors. Kerr uses her spare text as a kind of caption for each photograph; together the images effectively telegraph how the warmth and sunshine put a spring (literally) in the animals' steps. Though at times there is little contrast between interior vs. exterior photo shots (e.g., a photograph of a hen roosting during winter possesses the same look and texture as the image of four puppies peering into the spring air), the mood of the photographs' styling varies provocatively and appropriately. For example, some images, such as one of goats and geese at their troughs, have a documentary feel, while others, including a soft-focus spread of a mare and foal on their first post-winter foray into a sunlit field, exude an unabashed romanticism. Unfortunately, the book's smallish, square format and rather perfunctory design work against the photographs, cramping their power and artistry. Still, Kerr's expertise with the camera comes through loudly and clearly, and youngsters will come away with a strong sense of how a farmyard is transformed by the change of seasons. Ages 2-4. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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As winter turns to spring, young farm animals come outdoors to play.
Main Description
Playful baby animals introduce young children to life on a small country farm. The little farm is quiet and cozy during the cold winter months. Every farm animal waits in its own place for winter to end. The cat and dog doze in front of a fire in the farmhouse. The hen sits on her nest. The sheep cuddle together in the barn. Then spring arrives, and all of the animals take their new babies outside to play in the warm sunshine. Each baby animal greets the outdoor world in its own special way. Calves moo, ducklings quack, chicks peep-and the little farm is quiet no longer. Delicate, color-tinted photographs of familiar animals and a simple, lively text tell the story of life on a small farm as the season changes from winter to spring.

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