Wednesday, March 27, 2013

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Mosey's Field by Barbara Lockhart

MOSEY'S FIELD
by Barbara Lockhart, illustrated by Heather Crow
Schiffer Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 9780764343889
Grades K-5
Picture Book Animal
Reviewed from e-copy provided by publisher through NetGalley.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Mosey, a long-legged, lumbering kind of dog, has a napping place in the middle of a corn field, but when the plow comes through, followed later by the planter, Mosey can no longer find his spot. As the corn grows, Mosey's adventures in the field include exploring tunnels in the corn rows, chasing rabbits, finding relief from the summers heat, and, at the end of the season, experiencing the terrifying (to him) appearance of a combine. Mosey's Field illuminates the beauty of the rural landscape, the change in seasons, and the progression of agricultural methods. While Mosey continues the search for his special place, children are not only connected to the environment, but the important concept of where food comes from. 

REVIEW

Mosey the dog is an appealing character and it's fun to follow him throughout the planting and harvesting of a field of corn.  Mosey has his particular spot in a field and while the field remains barren he has no trouble finding it, but once the corn grows it becomes harder and harder to find until one day Mosey gets lost.  But Mosey isn't the kind to give up and with persistence manages to once again find his spot.  Not only is this a cute story but it does a nice job of explaining planting and harvesting.  I also appreciated the note at the end where the author explains the two different types of corn.  Recommended.


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