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Farm Life

Image of Elizabeth Spurr's book, "Farm Life".  

Written by Elizabeth Spurr,
Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
$16. 95 US Hardcover * Holiday House, Inc. ISBN 0-8234-1777-8 * 32 pages

A Scholastic Book Club Selection

Red barn, red barn, what are you keeping?
One rumbling tractor ready for reaping.
One baler, one sower, one thresher, one mower.
This is the farm life-but only a part.


In this exuberant rhyming concept book, barns of different colors hold surprises for young readers learning to count from one to ten. This farm is brimming with kittens, piglets, lambs, and many other barnyard animals.

As Farmer Dan goes about his daily chores, readers get a special look at each barn and the creatures, crops, or equipment it holds. Preschoolers will have plenty of fun while learning numbers, colors, and animals.

"Heartwarming? Definitely." A "tribute to rural living,...." "A natural story time companion to other barnyard visits,...." – Kirkus Reviews (January 15, 2003)

"The most irresistible introduction to a family farm that I can remember" – Liz Krieger, San Luis Obispo City-County Library

"Through verse descriptions of a barnyard, Spurr cheerily introduces a variety of farm animals, implements, colors and numbers." "Readers will enjoy reaping this titles beautiful harvest of concepts and images." – Publishers Weekly (January 20, 2003)

Steve Bjorkman has illustrated seventy books for children, including Skinny and Fats, Best Friends by Cari Meister, which Kirkus Reviews called "jaunty" and "amusing." He lives in Irvine, California.


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