At the end of a road in a hilly part of the country, where a twisty, turny stream flows through the land, stands a large, white farmhouse. This is the home of a large family — twelve children and the parents — who live on and run the farm, milking cows, fishing in the stream, and picking the apples in the gnarly tree. They track their growth on a board by a door, and older children help to care for younger ones. This is a typical farm family from the mid-twentieth century, and the story shows them moving through life until the last member of the family leaves the big farmhouse behind.
Sophie Blackall has written a remarkable story entirely in one very long sentence, filled with lyrical, poetic prose that will draw young readers through. But perhaps the real star of the book is page after page of gorgeous illustrations that will transport youngsters to another time. Each page is filled with wonderful details to keep readers and listeners engaged throughout. This is simply a glorious picture book that will fast become a favorite of those lucky enough to find it. Don’t miss the author’s note at the end.
|Page Count||48 pages|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
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