Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Picnic Farm

Picnic Farm

1998 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Christine Morton-Shaw
Illustrator: Sarah Barringer
ISBN: 0-8234-1332-2
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Review:
From its cheerful end papers – a patchwork quilt of a rural landscape—to its free-wheeling, glowing pastel illustrations, this happy picture book is a paean to life on a farm. For many of today’s toddlers who think that milk and eggs and honey grow in supermarkets, it will be instructive to meet the cows, hens and bees who provide these riches. The book’s climax is a grand picnic including the farmer, his wife and two visiting children. It is made up entirely of the farm’s bounty: a picnic blanket from sheep’s wool, bread from the farm’s own wheat, plums from its orchard, butter churned from the cow’s milk, etc. It’s a joyful, summery romp.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1998 Parents' Choice

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