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As Casey plays with his toy farm animals, he imagines their actions and sounds in his mind
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Casey's farm is in his backyard: His animal creatures are toys, a wooden box his barn. But Casey's imagination fires on all eight cylinders; his playthings become the stuff of life. He fancies dusky morning stalls with cows in attendance, rabbits escaped from the hutch, buzzing lama mamas, chicks snoozing under the mother hen, and great grunting pigs (all ably caught by Jordan's camera). After a long day on the farm, Casey shuffles off to bed. Jordan (with Jan Greenberg, The American Eye, 1995, etc.) pens a text so gentle it simply melts into air--``The shy lamb cuddles next to the thick winter coat of mama sheep. Ba-a, ba-a, ba-a-a''--except, that is, when it rambles into the habitual prodding of a kindly keeper: ``Don't go too far,'' says the pig; ``Stay in line,'' cautions the goose. Perhaps any story would play second fiddle to Jordan's hand-colored photographs. Even when the image itself lacks inherently dramatic content, the colors impart an ancient warmth and imbue the image with emotion and, at times, melancholy. At Casey's farm, the days are always summer and the light a shade of gold. (Picture book. 2-6) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K?Young Casey is so absorbed with his plastic farm animals and "barn" wooden drawer that "If you listen the way Casey does, you might even hear a moo." And the story moves seamlessly from that point in the boy's imaginative play into the world of real farm animals, as they are introduced one by one in rhythmic prose. Jordan's hand-tinted photographs also reflect that blend of reality and imagination, and add a nostalgic charm to the well-designed pages. This is an ideal bedtime book?quiet and reflective to the end: "Sh-h-h. It's time to snuggle into sleep...and dream sweet animal dreams of a new day on Casey's farm." There are many fine farm animal stories available, including Margaret Wise Brown's The Big Red Barn (HarperCollins, 1989) and Reeve Lindbergh's The Midnight Farm (Dial, 1987), but none with Jordan's particular approach. Young children will enjoy this book, and so will their parents.?Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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Book Description Orchard Books, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110531095037
Book Description Orchard Books, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0531095037