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Joseph's Yard

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A young boy learns that it can be a harmful thing to care too much about the one plant in his bleak yard.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1969
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sep 23, 2012 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Trying to read all 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up can be a frustrating experience. It doesn't sound like a hard challenge, does it? After all, these are children's books. Right?

But what about books like Joseph's Yard? It's described as a classic 32-page children's picture book. Yet it was as difficult to find as if it were the Hope Diamond.

Well, maybe not quite that difficult. After all, I did obtain a copy last week. Happily. From Paperback Swap. Thank you for sharing th
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kristin
Jul 10, 2010 kristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
found this at friends of the library sale with my son when he was little. the illustrations are fantastic and it's a cool little story.
Kimberly
Mar 21, 2017 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I love the beautiful illustrations in this book. It is vary simplistic in concept but cam be taught for so many different things. It has vocabulary, imagery, morals...
Mathew
I've always found Charles Keeping's art a challenge: his bold and powerful use of line and colour does not often sit easy with me as it glows and tears its way over the pages. Yet, undoubtedly, it is a style that stays with you long after encountering it and, I have found, the more I pour over it, the greater my appreciation for it grows.
Possibly more associated with illustrating the works of others (such as Sutcliff & Garfield), Keeping's use of oil and water (lithography) is striking, som
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Linda
May 12, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
The editor should have been sacked - if you can't find the printed word on the page then the parents lose interest let alone the kids battling with an overly busy page. My dyslexic friend would have not got past the first page.

Otherwise, the tale of smothering and killing what we love with 'love' and 'jealousy' is reasonably well told. I'm sure that there are other books on the same theme that are better presented.
Ellee
Mar 19, 2011 Ellee rated it did not like it
The text is right over the illustrations, which in this case, makes the book difficult to read. If it were longer, it'd cause headaches. :( Some preachy stories are likeable. This one was not & some of the illustrations were creepy. I'd pick a different book to teach similar themes about love and caring for something/someone without smothering/stifling.
Stephanie
Feb 13, 2013 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I didn't like the illustrations at all!! Even though they were trying to put across the harshness of Joseph's yard, I found them too dark and too harsh. I really didn't care for the story either.

An over all full on "Yuck!" for this one!!
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Charles William James Keeping was an English illustrator, children's book author and lithographer, born in Lambeth, South London. This childhood background of markets and docks influenced much of his work. At fourteen he became an apprentice in the printing trade before working as an engineer. Later he served in the Royal Navy. On leaving the Navy he changed careers yet again and worked for a whil ...more
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