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Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, Elisha Cooper, captures the smell, taste, and feel of the changing seasons on a farm.

Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, Elisha Cooper, captures the smell, taste, and feel of the changing seasons on a farm.
There is so much to look at and learn about on a farm - animals, tractors, crops, and barns. And childr
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Orchard Books
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Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Let me back up. This book deserves a little perspective. Lord knows Elisha Cooper has employed it - about half the pages in this yearlong portrait of a family farm are long, lean landscapes, full of sky, with an inch of flat earth at the bottom of the page.

Have you ever been out in the true Midwest? It is a marvel to me that such an astringent landscape can be so luxurious in color and texture, as if the sky has to put on a better show to compensate for the lack of earthly features. It suits Co
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a simple, yet detailed look at life on an American farm. It is an interesting story, but I recommend it for older children (grades 1-3) because it's pretty long. Our five-year-old got bored with it less than half-way through.
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
A very interesting and fairly in-depth (for a picture book) look at farm life presented in an engaging way by Mr. Cooper. We follow a year in the life of a farm, both with animals and the humans, and the corn harvest. Types of farm equipment are described and much attention is given to the changes in the weather, etc. I like how much of the focus is on the barn cats and the farm dog--the humans seem more marginal. Parents should note that the book doesn't exactly glorify farm life, either for th ...more
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As a children’s librarian living in New York City, I get a really skewed view of the world. For example, a book like Christoph Niemann’s Subway will get released and all the children I see are hugely into it. For them, the subway is a part of life and that book shows them what they already know. What I have to remind myself is that Manhattan children, for all their charms, are aberrations. Lots of kids in the United States haven’t a clue what a working subway system looks or feels like. So when ...more
This is a fascinating book filled with watercolor and pencil illustrations that show how much time the author/illustrator spent observing life on the farm. While some images such as the one on the cover are large in size, others are diminutive, very small in respect to the farm itself, which is the focus here and comprised of all those smaller elements that are featured on the book's pages. While this picture book won't appeal to everyone, I loved it for the slice of life it offers of what it mi ...more
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cats & dogs, bunnies & skunks are drawn like smudges on the page. I'm always impressed by illustrations that look like they were haphazardly painted in one stroke. Wish my sad imitations at art could look that effortless and have that much character.

The scene with the thunderstorm did the best job of transporting me back to the farm where I worked for summers in college. I miss how you could watch the storms come and go and feel like you were moving with them.

Favorite Quotes:

Even the c
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love this- Cooper gets better with every book. Love the art, the design... and the text is lyrical, evocative and on par with the illustrations- not something I can say about many author/illustrators. All-around terrific book.
Books about farms are standard-fare for the preschool set, but this book stands apart. Beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations and precise, descriptive prose take readers through one year on a modern farm.
Jo Oehrlein
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A growing season on a mid-western farm, from March through November.

Lots of detail -- this isn't a book for young ones unless they have more patience than normal (or a big interest in farms).

This farm has cows and chickens and dogs and cats. They have a regular garden and they also grow a big crop of feed corn.
Hailey Forbes
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Genre: informational
Reading Level: elementary

This book is very informational about farms. For someone who knows nothing about farm life, this would be a good read.
Ender W
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching-books
A book that can show how a single place changes with the seasons and time. It is an in depth look at life on and around the farm. A good book for tying in cultural expression as well.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Read with Naomi.
Richie Partington
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
10 January 2011 FARM by Elisha Cooper, Orchard, April 2010, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-545-07075-1

"And I called my farm 'Muscle in my Arm'
But the land was sweet and good, and I did what I could."
from "When I First Came to this Land" (Traditional)

"Fields lie underneath the farm. The fields are flat, stretching as far as the eye can see. There are no hills."

Growing up on Long Island in the Sixties, there were homes; there were farms (pieces of property where they had a bunch of land and grew plants or anim
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Elisha Cooper captures the smell, taste, & feel of the changing seasons on a farm. With lyrical writing & his beautiful, sometimes spare, illustrations he shows animals, tractors, crops, barns & more.
(Goodreads Summary)

Farm by Elisha Cooper provides a look, at times from a distance, into one modern midwestern farm. As someone who grew up on a small, old fashioned midwestern farm, I wanted to love this book. And there are a lot of good things in this book. But I also have a number of
Kaitlyn Elmerick
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Genre: Informational
Grade level: Intermediate/Upper Elementary
Although this is a very long book, it does give an accurate representation of farms and how they operate. Living in Indiana, there are many farms and people do not always realize how much work goes into these farms!
Jessica Henry
Good morning class! This week we will be starting a new unit. We will be exploring and learning more about farms. I am sure many of you know a great deal about farms and what happens on them. So let's start out by making a KWL chart to see what we already know. (Allow for time to add student response to chart.) Wow, you guys really know some great stuff. Now, catch a bubble and think in your brains of some things you would like to learn. I will take eight things right now that you would l
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
While the cover is quite striking with a great use of semi-impressionist conventions and a great slate blue that sets off the rusty red and oranges, the interior is simply too busy. Which means that the simple title page with just a tractor and lots of white space and the first page with the family is good solid illustration while the next page is poorly done. I understand that the illustrator may have been trying to convey busyness but the book either needs more pages or, even better, bigger pa ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Farm is a book that makes room for itself. The illustrations, book design and text deftly conspire to fill the pages and the reader with information while leaving an impression of clarity and a sense that the reader has plenty of room for more. The simple format describes the events on a specific farm from March through November. “March is a mud month and weather must be dry for tilling.” “November breaks clear and cold. The cats grow winter coats.” The clean watercolor and pencil illustrations ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful! How this did not earn even a Caldecott honor is beyond me. It features vignettes of life on the farm with miniature, deftly simple illustrations that nevertheless suggest not only the figures and objects they are meant to represent, but leave room for the imagination to fill in the gaps between them. I love books that don't knock their subject matter over the kid reader's head. This one leaves plenty of space, literally. White space is beautifully used here, with objects scattered ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
An inviting mix of vistas across flat farmland and isolated bits of the farm on white backgrounds, Cooper has created a book that really captures the seasons on a farm. From the family, animals, buildings and equipment to the everyday world of chores and work, this book is honest and accurate about farm life. Children will delight in the small moments of the farm, especially those involving the tractors and the animals. The book is laid out as a cycle, moving from spring through fall, encapsulat ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book follows a family farm, consisting of a man, wife, boy and girl, from early in the spring until late in the fall. Unlike most cutesy-wutesy farm picture books, this one shows the real life running and operation of cultivating the fields, chores, livestock, weather and daily life found throughout the year on a farm. It shows the agricultural lifestyle of a family that lives in a rural area and what the children's lives are like, doing chores before and after school and spending time play ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
The somewhat sparse text has the feel of poetry, but none of the art. It's as if the author observed a particular farm from March to November and took notes. The problem is that the text is just those notes, without any polish or refinement to make them worthy of standing beside the images.

"The tractor stops. The farmer stares at the engine. He calls a neighbor on his cell phone, the neighbor brings a new part, and together they fix the tractor." How dull. Look at all those subject-verb-object
Rita Crayon Huang
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Farm!! I love Farm!! It's got just enough of that busy, lots-of-things-to-look-at quality that makes us love Richard Scarry books, yet also contains a wide-open spareness that insists we fill in the rest with our imaginations, a la Our Town. Through words, it creates an utterly real-feeling universality--using specifics! And the art has a scribbly, beautiful, figure-drawing style that--as with the words--knows exactly when to evoke and when to withhold detail, forcing us (again!) to engage our i ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Jake's Review: I hate the pictures in this book, they are too small and blurry. This books is snoreville, do I have to finish it? I never want to work on a farm it looks like way too much work and you never have any fun, because you are always doing chores. That's all I have to say mom.
Review: 2/10

Mom's Review: I have to agree with Jake on a couple of points. I agree, the artwork is far too sophisticated for the target audience. Also the language does not appeal to the target audience and does n
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Superb book. From what little I know of a working farm, this book is dead on. Give it to a city kid who can't imagine the whole picture: the beauty, the work, and the huge, huge sky. I would like to hang the double-page spread of the night sky on my wall. I also love the heavy glossy paper used for this book.

We have this shelved in picture books but it could almost be nonfiction. Includes a Glossary.

Favorite quotes:

"The tiller turns the soil, preparing it for planting. Dirt pops into the air, a
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
While not a complete misfire, I don't think I understand who the intended audience for this book would be. There are some definite bright spots: many of Cooper's watercolors range from pleasant to quite beautiful, and the sparse, neutral language makes for a more true-to-life experience of farm life than some sugary, less realistic takes on the same subject. The farm itself is rightfully central to the story, but the people and animals are flat and very secondary, and along with the faceless hum ...more
Kathy Ellen Davis
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm putting this in non-fiction because it's a story, but it's almost like an encyclopedia too.
If an encyclopedia could tell a story.

We get to follow the farm through the seasons in this book.
But not just the FARM,
the tractor,
the farmer and his family,
the cats, the cows, the dog,
the crops.

I can totally see children LOVING this book who love farms because there's so much information in here.
But it's always playful and doesn't feel like you're being lectured.

I think the illustrations help with th
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars from me for Farm. It contains wonderful details mixed with a lyrical edge (eg what were the animals thinking of?). I enjoyed the illustrations too, which weren't always of what was in the text.
It may well be a (sad) reflection of modern USA farms, but I was disappointed to read that the annual use of insecticides and fertilizers was described as a matter of course.

The month-by-month description of what goes on at the farm was informative and interesting. Too bad that the s
Sarah Sammis
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Farm by Elisha Cooper follows a family through the seasons as the run their farm. The cover has an alluring watercolor of a rooster in foreground with the farm behind just on the horizon.

I had hoped that the rest of the book would have similarly bold illustrations. The book though is rather text heavy and the watercolors are mostly just miniature pictures against the black and white of the text on the page.

For older children who can read the book does teach how a farm works. For younger children
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This charming picture book describes life on a modern Midwestern farm, from tilling the soil in April, through planting and harvesting corn, until the land can rest in November waiting for next year. The vastness of the landscape is echoed in the tiny vignettes on the slightly oversized pages and the distant tone (beginning with the airplane view of the checkerboard landscape on the endpapers and extended to the unnamed characters and their featureless figures). Lengthy text, perhaps, but the ef ...more
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