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The Farmer

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A farmer's hard work is rewarded in this eco-friendly and elegantly illustrated picture book.

A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year!

In the town, everyone is sleeping. But not Paul.

Paul mows. Paul rakes. Paul sows. Paul draws water. And soon Paul has beautiful plants and flowers growing all around him. But one day, the water dries up.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Holiday House (first published April 20th 2017)
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Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Simple Picture-Books About Farming
Farmer Paul is hard at work while the rest of the village rests - raking, digging and watering. He watches and waits, and soon enough his crops start to grow. Then comes a terrible dry spell, and all seems lost as the plants begin to wither. Fortunately, Paul's friends pitch in to help him, and all ends well...

Originally published in French as Le potager, this simple picture-book from Spanish author/artist Ximo Abadía captures both the work and rewards of farming, as well as the dependence of
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story is of Paul, a farmer who does his job tenaciously. The illustrations are bright, and the story is not overly-wordy.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting book with simplistic illustrations. A farmer works and works to plant his crops, water them, and tend to them. Everything grows, but he runs out of water and everything gets scorched (that part hit me hard--like "What?!? His plants die?? That is so saaaad!!). Then everything wraps up super fast and his friends bring him more water and it rains and it's all okay again. It felt like everything got fixed way too quickly. But I did like this book (illustrations of the colorful houses ...more
Jon Nakapalau
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful first book on perservirence.
First published in French, this picture book features small but interesting illustrations, shapes, and forms laid out against a yellow background. There is much detail to notice and lively images the warrant a second look; for instance, the double-page spread in which the farmer almost seems to be zooming across the page in a cart preceded by his donkey as a rake and bushel follow him. The story itself concerns hard-working farmer, Paul, who does all the necessary preparation for growing crops ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The illustrations in this book are bold, colorful and rather sophisticated. Rows of crops, a giant moon and sun that each take up a two page spread. Animals are shown in silhouette. The Farmer, who works hard and is diligent in caring for his crops, is rather stylized. The crops and buildings are brightly colored. The text is simple and sparse, and doesn't really tell the story...maybe something is lost in translation? (The original was in French). As in real life, the farmer struggles with ...more
Teresa Bateman
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published in French, this import has now been translated into English. It tells the simple tale of Paul, the farmer. While others rest Paul is hard at work plowing and planting, mowing and raking. When a drought hits, however, it seems all his efforts were for naught. Friends help and finally his friend, the rain, arrives. Soon his small town is surrounded by the results of his labors. Simple illustrations emphasize lines, both vertical and horizontal. This is a gently sweet story ...more
These illustrations were transfixingly beautiful, and the story, which edges close to a despairing climate-change kind of message, ultimately turns back to hope at the end. The more grim turn felt useful as an opportunity to talk about the changing climate with kids who are aware, and the book as a whole an opportunity to talk about farming and natural processes and cycles. Could also be used for sensory storytime as listeners practice raking, sowing etc.

Themes: seasons, garden.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Well this little book will just open your eyes to the world around you! Cute!
Edward Sullivan
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Charming story of farmer succeeding with a little help from his friends. Orginigally published in French.
Syntha Green
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I wish the story showed how the farmer was generous with his crop so the payoff would have been more satisfying.
Gabrielle Stoller
I am predicting an award for this book, in some capacity, come ALA's Youth Media Awards. It's translated from another language (which I LOVE) as well as the illustrations speak for themselves!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
didn't work for me
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such beautiful visuals
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Love the illustrative style. Not sure the text will engage kids.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Lovely illustrations and sequencing, but unrealistic and sugar coated regarding the realities of farming.
Tessa Baer
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Although the pictures are lovely, the book itself didn't do a lot for me. Could be a book for storytime though.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Striking artwork and a nice ode to growers.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the illustrations here! Bright and vibrant, on a great big scale, and I love the patterns!
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Ximo Abadía is a highly acclaimed artist whose work was selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition in 2017. He lives in Spain.
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