When Emma was ten, she went to spend the summer with Aunt Ada and Uncle Will at Sunnyside Farm, opening a whole new world to her. She learned how to milk a cow, gather eggs, and ride a horse. She learned to love the sounds of cowbells and bullfrogs and rain on the roof and treasured the smells of wild roses, horses, and homemade bread. And she learned to enjoy her cousins and her aunt and uncle as if she had known them all her life.
In this charming reminiscence of an earlier, simpler time, Emma finds the kind of life she will always want-and which she will eventually get-on a farm of her own. Scintillating watercolors, washed with the changing hues of farm life, capture the beauty and joy of Emma's experience.
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Natalie Kinsey-Warnock is the award-winning author of such popular books as The Canada Geese Quilt.From School Library Journal:
K-Gr 3-Sun-splashed illustrations and descriptive prose transport readers to a time in the past when most children lived on a family farm or had one to visit. Emma reminisces about the summer spent with Aunt Ada, Uncle Will, and her cousins on Sunnyside Farm in Vermont, and vividly describes her experiences gathering eggs, feeding the calves, swimming in the pond, and riding old Jack. The story continues through Emma's memories of sadder times when her aunt and uncle die and the farm is neglected by the new owners, but it comes to a satisfying conclusion when Emma, now grown up with children of her own, buys it back for the family. At times, Kinsey-Warnock's writing is poetic, rhythmically listing joyous details, such as this description of her great-aunt: "hands that gathered eggs/and shelled peas/and made warm, golden doughnuts,/and her strong arms that raked hay/and churned butter/and could hug five children at once." The artist obviously knows the Vermont landscape well. Her paintings expand the story skillfully, using detailed double-page spreads. Three of those spreads have an interesting collage design that illustrates information in the text. Similar in tone to Elsie Lee Splear's Growing Seasons (Putnam, 2000) and Patricia MacLachlan's All the Places to Love (HarperCollins, 1994), this lovely book belongs in most libraries.
Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110525465073
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Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0525465073