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The Animal Hedge

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman’s testament to vision, passion, and destiny is beautifully complemented by folk art-inspired paintings by the virtuoso Bagram Ibatoulline.

There once lived a farmer whose heart
glowed like a hot wood stove with the love of animals.

No one loved animals more than the farmer. All day long, he and his three sons toiled on the farm, singing whil
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Candlewick (first published 1983)
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Dec 04, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it

This was a story about a farmer and his three sons. They planted crops one year but no rain came so nothing grew. Because of this, the father had to sell his precious farm animals. One day the rain finally came and the bushes in the front yard were so long that the farmer had to cut them. He began cutting them into the shapes of his missing animals. One day, he farmers three sons came and brought him the animals he had missed so much and his life was complete.
This is a really cute story and I l
Sep 04, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
I would have given this book five stars for the illustrations alone, but the story is almost as good as the remarkable artwork.

A five-star book that I am adding to my "need to buy" list.

Jan 09, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
A sweet story about following your heart and being kind to others. I especially loved the warm folk-artsy illustrations.
Dec 06, 2014 Leah added it
The Animal Hedge is about a farmer’s and his family’s struggle through a tough time in their lives. The book starts out telling the audience about how much this farmer cares for his farm. There was a drought in the land, which caused the family to exhaust their reserve of food. However, this was not enough, so the farmer had to sell his farm. He moved his family to a small cottage for survival. After a while, the rain came again, but the farmer no longer had a farm to tend to, only the land ...more
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Dec 27, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
Most impressed with the artistry of Bagram Ibatoulline, I've recently read many books with his lush illustrations. He is one of my favorite artists.

In this book, his illustrations are inspired by American Folk Art. The tale is one wherein a farmer loves his animals. He is happy farming his land and tending his goats, chickens, pigs and other creatures. When a severe lack of rain occurs, he looses his farm. He and his three sons find a small plot of land, but there is no money to buy animals nor
Jun 09, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
This is an odd book but we enjoyed it. If you want a book that has a perfect story arc, this is it. The stage is set with the introduction of the farmer and his three sons (later talk about the foreshadowing). Then the conflict occurs, the climax, and the resolution. There is a part of the book that is so fantastic (i.e., unrealistic) that it bugged me at first, but then the way it was resolved was so neat that I loved it in the end. The illustrations are quite folksy. I love the use of color. ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
A bit of fantasy, a bit of formulaic sappiness, and a lot of hedge-carving make up this fun story of a mythical farmer and his sons. The artwork carries the story along even through the more predictable parts and ends with the sons honoring their father and his true love. It may inspire some hedge trimming or at least a trip to formal gardens to see some real animal hedges, like maybe Longwood Gardens perhaps.
Julia Miller
This beautifully illustrated book is especially relevant in a farming community, though its message could work anywhere. A farmer who truly loves his animals has to give them up because of a horrible drought. He moves to a little cottage with nothing but some hedges around it. However, the shapes of the hedges inspire him and his three sons and help them find new paths in life.
Aug 25, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
I picked up this book purely by merit of its beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed the story of wise parental direction-even during hard times- followed by wise loving children who have grown through their trials.
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Mar 24, 2015 J Kreuz rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful and surprising read. I may have enjoyed it more than my toddler. I was certainly inspired by the story as well as the excellent artwork. A superb pair!
Feb 23, 2009 Cindi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marni, Diane, Michelle
Beautiful folk art with an inspiring story. A father helps his sons choose their vocations. This story also shows a range of emotions. I highly recommend it!
Apr 18, 2010 Celestia rated it it was amazing
This is a darling picture book with a lovely message of how what parents give to the children in the form of inspiration comes back to bless them. Very heartwarming!
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nice illustrations. Lovely story about giving and loving sacrificially
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written. This experience continued throughout his childhood.
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released
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