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Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmlandby Arthur Geisert
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On today's farm, B is for barn cat...E is for erosion...G is for grinding feed, and I is for...inoculate? In 26 beautifully detailed spreads, acclaimed illustrator Arthur Geisert takes readers on a literal journey following a real road in Iowa (County Road Y31) through the ins and outs of America's farmland. This isn't your grandfather's farm book. It still features pigs, hay, and other familiar farm residents, but you'll see a very different kind of quicksand and traffic jam here...Along the bottom of each page is a continuous panorama that totals nearly forty feet of art. Country Road ABC is a unique and funny look at America's present-day farmland.
"In this loving record of the Midwest farm community in which he lives, Geisert (Hogwash) memorializes a way of life that has dwindled to a small population of stalwarts. Pastoral charm is not Geisert's aim; eschewing apples and aprons, he begins with 'A is for ammonia fertilizer.' His finely worked etchings, colored in muted shades, sweep across a sprawl of fields and roads, from a sandy gully being filled in by backhoe ('E is for erosion') to a boarded-up schoolhouse at the top of a rise ('U is for uphill'), its schoolyard occupied by sheep (the book's sly glossary defines uphill as 'where the schoolhouse used to be located. Both ways, of course'). Each spread shows a single farm scene, while along the bottom a continuous scroll of country road runs through the farm year, from planting to harvest to deep snowfall. Much visual information about farming is provided for lovers of tractors and farm animals, but it's more than a simple picture book; it's a deeply personal account, down to the list of thank-yous on the book's final pages, to the owners whose farms he's drawn. Ages 5 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In 26 beautifully detailed spreads, acclaimed illustrator Geisert takes readers on a literal A-to-Z journey following a real road in Iowa (County Road Y31) through the ins and outs of America's farmland. Full color.
Set amid a broad, rural landscape, this alphabet book reveals working farms through the seasons, highlighting various structures, equipment, and animals.
About the Author
Arthur Geisert's unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators', annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa.
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