Tuesday, March 17, 2015

STANLEY THE FARMER @ Storytime

18300246STANLEY THE FARMER
by William Bee
Peachtree Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-56145-803-5
Ages 3-8
Source: publisher for review
All opinions expressed are solely my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Down on the farm, there's seeds to be sown. Stanley has to get on his tractor and plough the field. There's lots to be done, and friends to help him out, but will the seeds grow?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Bee was born in London but now lives in the English countryside. In addition to writing children’s books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home tends his lawns and meadows.

REVIEW

Stanley's hard at work again, this time as a farmer.  This book walks the reader through the planting and harvesting of a field of wheat.  The illustrations and text highlight the different machines and processes that go into growing wheat.  Each machine and action taken is clearly labeled in the text.  It would be fun to ask the students what Stanley is doing before reading some of the pages.  This would help develop young children's visual literacy skills as well as connecting pictures and text.  The book would also work well in teaching the sequencing of actions and/or events.  A fun book for both teaching and pure enjoyment.

OTHER GREAT BOOKS for a delightful story time about FARMING

Farm by Elisha Cooper
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin (any of Cronin's farm books would work)
E-I-E-I-O How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra
The Chicken-chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington
Otis by Loren Long
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolan
On the Farm by David Elliott
Life-Size Farm by Teruyuki Komiya
Farming by Gail Gibbons

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