Todd and his grandfather prepare for the sale of the farm and its contents by telling stories about life there and making scarecrows.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- With the imminent sale of his farm, an elderly man recounts the treasured stories of his life there with a young grandson. The child knows them all by heart, but because he urges grandfather to repeat them all deep into the night, both are reassured that the story-making and telling will continue in other places and other times. In fact, spurred on by memories of grandmother's silly scarecrows, they create a new amusing farm story: they fashion scarecrows of their own and place them on the machinery set out for the next day's auction. Confronted by change, the two move gracefully and thoughtfully into a new situation. Reczuch's photorealistic watercolors both reinforce the story line and offer a strength of their own as the tale progresses. The final portrait of a sleeping child and thoughtful grandfather is one that will not be easily forgotten. --Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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From two Canadians, a bittersweet goodbye to a family farm. After Gran's death, Todd is staying with Gramps the night before the auction to sell his possessions. The two share some weeping, some happy reminiscing, and a few of Gran's pickles; then they decide to make scarecrows, as Gran did, to dress up the auction. A rueful but well-told variant on an increasingly familiar theme. In her picture book debut, Reczuch is overgeometrical in many of her details, and her figures are almost wooden; still, the story's authentic human warmth glows from her illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027055353