Burton's Harvest Party (Burton the Scarecrow ?? Friendship Tales from the Farm)

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WHAT MAKES BURTON THE KIND SCARECROW UNIQUE? Building on the legacy of Burton the Kind Scarecrow, the third picture book in V.A. Boeholt's charming Friendship Tales from the Farm series, Burton's Harvest Party teaches a universal lesson of friendship that embodies the spirit of service by reinforcing important character-building principles like empathy, teamwork, and commitment to reaching a worthy goal. Coupled with Nathaniel P. Jensen's vibrant illustrations, Boeholt's engaging narrative brings Burton the Scarecrow, Farmer Green and their farmyard friends to life, celebrating friendship, gardening, and the joy of service to others. The story's heartfelt message is reinforced by an innovative Resource Guide and Glossary, outlining story concepts, suggesting reader/listener connecting points, and recommending supplementary activities. Like each book in the Friendship Tales from the Farm series, Burton's Harvest Party creates a picture-perfect learning opportunity for parents, teachers, and children to share at planting time, harvest time, and anytime!



Earned First Runner-Up in the Farm Category at the 2013 Animals Animals Animals Book Festival!

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About the Author:

V.A. Boeholt, Ph.D., has made professional contributions to students, parents and instructors around the world as a teacher, author, and curriculum/program developer. Now extending her influence to children's literature, she is delighted to introduce young readers to the endearing Burton the Scarecrow--Friendship Tales from the Farm series, bringing Burton to life with memorable lessons in character development, service, and gardening. For more information, please visit www.ScarecrowStories.com.

Nathaniel P. Jensen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas and contributes professionally across multiple mediums, including architecture, 3-dimensional canvas, print media, and television/feature film animation. As an award-winning children's book illustrator, he has illustrated 10 titles to date. Often dressing the part of his subject matter, Nate enjoys presenting classroom workshops to students throughout the State of Texas.

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“Book three of the Burton the Scarecrow, Friendship Tales from the Farm series, this letter-sized paperback book has thirty-six pages and is targeted toward readers ages five to ten years old. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it concentrates on friendship and helping others. Illustrator Nathaniel P. Jensen’s full-page color, painted artworks are expressive and engaging. Farmer Green is at a loss when his wife and sister are not available and his two grandchildren, Chelsea and Rod, visit and want to give a harvest party at the farm. Farmer Green agrees to the shindig, sending out invitations and preparing the barn by setting up equipment and putting out decorations of Burton and Ribbon, both scarecrows from the fields. He and his grandkids do all they can fix up the barn and head to bed, waiting anxiously for the party day.When the barn door closes, Burton and Ribbon work together with excited and willing farm animals and decorate the entire barn, complete with lights, games, and quaint centerpieces. The next morning the farmer and his two grandchildren head to town to pick up a big cake so they do not have a chance to see the alterations until seven o’clock that night when the party begins. Everyone is thrilled and happy at the fun party with lots of food, games, and entertainment. Farmer Green thanks Burton and his friends for all their help and says they all can stay in his barn during the winter. At the end of the book, there is a resource guide for teacher, parents, and librarians, along with the history of a harvest festival, reading / listening tips, activity ideas, learning points, online information, and a helpful glossary. Also included are biographies of author, illustrator, and publisher with an order form. This is a wonderful book in an educational series that teaches friendship, service, encouragement to others, and working as a team while explaining harvest festivals at the same time. It offers several learning options for the range of readers who can enjoy it over and over again.”

(Conny Crisalli, www.bookpleasures.com)

“Burton’s Harvest Party is the third book of the Friendship Tales From the Farm, Burton the Scarecrow series, designed to teach values and ideals such as gratitude, service, cooperation, sharing, and problem-solving. It is the end of harvest time and Farmer Green and his family want to prepare for the fall Harvest Party. However, Aunt May is sick in bed and Grandma Green is away judging the State Quilting Contest. How will Farmer Green and his grandchildren cope with all the work of the Harvest Party? It’s Burton the Scarecrow and friends to the amazing rescue in this heartwarming farm celebration tale. Further enhanced by endearing retro color illustrations of Burton, Ribbon, and all their animal friends, Burton’s Harvest Party is a celebration of all that is good and helpful in the human spirit, or perhaps it should be communal spirit, for every creature has something to contribute in Burton’s Harvest Party. A happy exchange of favors rounds out the positive ending of this teaching tale, and children ages 5 and up will not fail to grasp the many messages of hope and helpfulness to others. A Resource Guide, Harvest Festival History, list of reader and listener tips, Ideas for Activities, Connecting Points, and Glossary are to be found at the end of Burton’s Harvest Party, as in other volumes in the series. Finally, Five Star Publications supports Feed the Children as a partner charity in the publishing of the Burton the Scarecrow Series, to continue its tradition of teaching and giving back. The Burton the Scarecrow series is a wonderful educational outreach effort, with sustainability, helping others, and creating adequate nourishment for all at its core.”

(Midwest Book Review)

“Farmer Green and his two grandchildren get help in pulling off a successful harvest season party. In the process, they learn that being kind and caring is contagious. This is another charmer in the Friendship Tales from the Farm series.”

(Jerry Wilkins, Father, Grandfather and Elementary School Librarian)

“Burton’s Harvest Party by V.A. Boeholt is an adorable story that takes place on a farm. Farmer Green is planning a harvest party but Grandma Green and Aunt May can’t be there to help with all of the plans. The invited guests are due the next evening and there is so much work to be done. Farmer Green and his grandchildren, Rod and Chelsea, do the best that they can to get the barn ready for the party. They had enough time to bring the scarecrows into the barn and set around some tables of straw. They also had time do to some sweeping, but it wasn’t enough to make the barn as pretty as they could. Once Farmer Green and his grandchildren leave the barn the scarecrows come to life. Burton and Ribbon and the farm animals work all night long to get the barn ready for the harvest party. When Farmer Green, Rod and Chelsea see the barn the next day they can’t believe their eyes. The barn has been magically transformed into the prettiest barn that they have ever seen. With colorful illustrations, Burton’s Harvest Party is a sweet and gentle story that focuses on friendship while gently reminding us of the importance of treating everyone with patience and kindness. Burton’s Harvest Party is a lovely heartfelt story from beginning to end.”

(Jackie Ferrell, Independence, MO)

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