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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Orchard Books
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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
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 ...more
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.
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As a childrens librarian living in New York City, I get a really skewed view of the world. For example, a book like Christoph Niemanns 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 havent a clue what a working subway system looks or feels like. So when a ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Modern Farms
Elisha Cooper delivers a realistic portrait of a working farm in this lovely picture-book, describing everything from the the farm family and animals to the buildings and fields, and then the experience of living on a farm, month by month. More of an informational title, than a storybook - although the narrative does include a certain amount of sequential "happenings" (the girl goes fishing, the boy hides in the hay-loft), and some moments of genuine tension, as when a storm approaches - Farm is ...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 ...more
Richie Partington
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
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
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
Kathryn Tibbens
In an in-depth and descriptive view on the daily life and operations on a farm, this beautiful childrens book thoroughly describes a year in farm-life operations in a non-glorified, realistic manor. The animals are the attention of the text, some with names and some without. The barn cats and the farm dog are a great focus on farm companions. The detail given to farm life through the watercolor illustrations as well as the text composition show the detail and attention given to life on the farm. ...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
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
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I was shucking corn with my 2 year old son this summer when his eyes lit up and he shouted out; "Corn Da Da!!" He ran out of the kitchen grabbed this book from his bedroom, ran back to the kitchen, sat down on the kitchen floor and went directly to the page that includes a small illustration of a few ears of corn. He pointed to the picture, smiled up at me and said again, "Corn Da Da, Corn!!"

Any book that is that memorable gets 5 stars.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
I really enjoyed this book. It's a great combination of stuff to look and information about farm life. Farm is a work of fiction but it really captures what farms are all about and the kinds of work that farmers do. I loved the descriptions of the animals and the seasonal flow of the story.

While I don't expect this book to be wildly popular with students, it does a wonderful job capturing rural and farm life and the art is fabulous
Kara Laidig
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
If I could give this more than 5 stars I would! The author did such a good job explaining exactly how a farming family lives. She talks about the animals, kids, and fields perfectly. This would be a good book to teach a kid who may not understand how a farm works. This book makes me miss being home this harvest season!
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.
This is the most accurate, authentic, and non-cringy farming book I've ever read. It gets the smells right. It gets the details right.
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.
Jacqueline Hanson
Reading Level: O
Book Level: 3.4
Book Summary: This is a cute book about what all is on a farm and the process of farming. It's informational and tells a lot about what a farmer does throughout the seasons but also has cute story elements as well.

Mentor Book Writing Trait:
This book could be used as a mentor text for the writing trait presentation. This book is a little unique in that instead of providing written definitions for words that might be unfamiliar to readers, it provides pictures to
Christopher Reiger
Cooper's distinctive illustrations are a treat, but it's the writing that really makes this book stand out.

The prose is evocative; reading it aloud, I feel transported to the rhythms and priorities of my farm community upbringing. Simple, matter-of-fact sentences are punctuated with moments of lyrical poetry: Everything grows in May. The corn shoots up, high as the girl's knee. The rows look like wet hair just after it's combed. The narrative is paced perfectly, too.

It's a remarkable book, worth
Hannah-Grace Freeman
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This children's book tells the story of what life is like on the farm. It discusses the land, animals, equipment, and people that live on the farm. It sweetly illustrates what daily life is like on the farm, for everyone!

This book was super cute, and I loved the detailed scenarios that it gave! The illustrations were precious!

This book could for sure be used in a preschool or younger elementary classroom. You could use this in a unit about animals, particularly regarding farm animals. You could
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.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a longer picture book. Great learning on a more modern farm given that the farmer has a cell phone. I would recommend this as a read aloud with 1-3rd grade students who might be wondering how farms work. Sane author illustrator as Big Cat Little Cat which won a Caldecott I think.
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.
Kit Feral
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really truly adore Cooper's art style. I would read about literally anything to see these illustrations.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, levi
Cute book. Perfect for my 8 year old Farm boy.
The watercolor illustrations are beautiful.
The book seemed to end abruptly. I wasn't expecting that.
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
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 ...more
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