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Stanley Mows the Lawn

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
One day, Stanley sets out to mow his lawn. Up and back, up and back, there's only one way to do it...or is there? Renowned graphic designer and illustrator Craig Frazier has combined bold, dynamic illustrations with a simple story that celebrates the imagination and the art of looking at the world in your own way.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 14th 2005 by Chronicle Books
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Rebecca Ann
May 16, 2012 Rebecca Ann rated it really liked it
This is a every simple story with very simple illustrations, but it works quite well. The flat, simplistic artwork with a limited color palette draws attention to the story itself instead of the art. The overall moral is that it's sometimes good to try new things, as Stanley tries a new style of lawn care. There is also a subtle encouragement of nature and biodiversity in the somewhat symbiotic relationship that develops between Hank the Snake and Stanley. Great for storytime with the younger ag ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Aug 11, 2014 Kathleen Dixon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This is the first Stanley book that I discovered, and it spurred me to borrow several others by the same author from the library. In this gorgeous little book, Stanley goes out to mow his huge lawn (a paddock, really) and notices something in the long grass. A little afraid, he bends down to look. At the same time, the snake, also a little afraid, peers out. Instant friendship! Stanley then makes sure that there is plenty of long grass still for the snake.

Beautiful illustrations, cute story. I'm
Sam Grace
Sep 13, 2008 Sam Grace rated it really liked it
My partner rates this closer to a two, but the short short story and neat geometric illustrations make it more for me (I suspect what I like is exactly what he dislikes ... oh well, no accounting for taste). It's the story of a man who is mowing the lawn and the snake living in it and the creative compromise they come to. It's a good lesson to consider others in the world and think outside the box.
4* art
5* story

There aren't many kid's books with lawnmowers in them - which is a shame, as Squirt loves them obsessively and wants to have his own landscaping business, and can talk a blue streak about all the wonderful things a mower can do, and drags me out to watch the neighbors mow their lawns...

So this book is awesome.
Jul 25, 2008 Peggy rated it really liked it
Simple story. Great artwork. My boys enjoy this one. There really aren't a lot of stories out there about mowing so it's a nice change of pace. I enjoy exposing them to different types of art as well as great stories and this one is really more about the artwork than the story for me, but the story seems to work for the boys so we're all happy.
Bayleigh Garrett
Feb 23, 2016 Bayleigh Garrett rated it it was amazing
This is another book I would love to own! The illustrations really caught my eye. I loved the use of color, size, and shape. This was just a cute story. I would read it to kids ages 5-7. It would be a good opening book to read when discussing sharing.
Mary Taitt
Mar 04, 2013 Mary Taitt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: small children and their families

I like this book very much. The illustrations of Stanley, the lawn-mower and Hank the snake are excellent and the story is simple, fun and kind. Stanley mows the lawn in such a way as to maintain a home for Hank.
Age: Preschool - Kindergarten
Season: Summer

A great display of patterns, Stanley mows his lawn in imitation of the patterns on Hank the Snake who passes by. This imitation is not explained so caregivers should open up dialogue for their children to engage in.
Jan 04, 2013 Janey rated it really liked it
A good-looking, straightforward, and fun little book about completing a task in a couple of different ways. I think there's a sweet undercurrent about being brave enough to try/do/face something new and unfamiliar.
May 02, 2009 Kayla rated it it was amazing
An instant fave for Susie and I. She loves Hank the surprise visitor, and the last page's "ssssseee you later" always makes her grin. Wonderful illustration, perfect for this time of year when we get to start watching Daddy mow.
Jul 28, 2009 Ginnie rated it it was amazing
This book received five stars from me because it's a sweet, simple book with fantastic illustrations. Perfect for a story time, especially one involving cubism or color. The simple shapes, monochromatic background, and stunning composition make each page a pleasure to behold.
Amber Cooper
This book is a short story about a man bumping into a snake while mowing his lawn. This book introduces terms such as; (outside, inside, straight line, zigzag) which may be good for younger elementary -pre-k learning directional terms.
Katie Fitzgerald
Aug 03, 2012 Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
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Oct 26, 2013 Relyn rated it liked it
I guess it doesn't say much for the book that I can't remember it at all. Uh oh. I do love the art.
Jun 08, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: gag
I liked the graphic illustrations but the story was flat. Also really like the old push mower, but don't know if any kids today can identify one when it's not in action.
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Apr 25, 2013 Carissa rated it it was ok
Yeah, it was okay. The depiction of the snake was weird.
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Craig Frazier is an illustrating designer who has enjoyed a distinguished career since 1978. He opened his doors as Frazier Design in 1980 and built a practice designing corporate communication, annual reports and advertising. In 1996, he scaled down the design side of his practice to concentrate on illustration (and a few special design projects). Within two years he had developed one of the most ...more
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