Harvesting A Bumper Crop: Farm by Elisha Cooper

Posted on March 13th, 2011 by Carolyn Hart in Wonderful Picture Books


I recently responded to an inquiry from a teacher. She was looking for a fictional look at a farm. She needed the farm to be modern and she needed a book that would appeal to children in the primary grades. I suggested farming picture book Farm by Elisha Cooper

Farm is a detailed tribute to farming and the people who do it. Best-suited to children six and up, the descriptions include interesting details and description, “Everything grows in May. The corn shoots up, high as the girl’s knees. The rows look like wet hair just after it’s combed. The farmer combs the rows with the tractor, spraying fertilizer and pesticide. Then the rows grow together and the fields become an ocean of green. The farms are like islands on the ocean. The tractors are like boats.” From tilling the soil to harvesting the corn, we move through spring, summer and fall and observe how the crops, jobs, equipment, weather and chores change.

Additional materials in this farming picture book include a glossary of farm terminology

Publishers Weekly Q and A with Elisha Cooper

Farm at Amazon,com

Farm at Amazon.ca

Did you know Storytime Standouts offers more than two hundread early childhood literacy downloads? You may be interested some of our free printables to go along with this farming picture book.

image of PDF icon  Five Little Farmers

Use as a fingerplay or a felt board story (or both)

image of PDF icon  Writing paper for kids - Farm

Farm theme interlined paper for beginning writers.

image of PDF icon  Farm Picture Dictionary

Free printable farm picture dictionary for readers and writers in kindergarten and grade one.

image of PDF icon  Farm Animal Word Match

Simple farm-theme matching activity for beginning readers.

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