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Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary

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Publisher Comments:

Maya the cow, J.D. the piglet, Hilda the sheep, and a dozen more animals all speak directly to the reader, showing off their unique personalities in this wonderful collection of poems. Master watercolorist Robert Rahway Zakanitch provides a portrait that perfectly captures the essence of each creature. Together the poems and paintings add up to a picture of life on the friendliest farm around.

Maya Gottfried based her poems on real animals from Farm Sanctuary, a safe haven for injured or abused farm animals with locations in New York and California.

Review:

"The inhabitants of a real-life refuge for abused farm animals inspired this collection of poems and watercolor portraits. Zakanitch (who collaborated with Gottfried on Good Dog and Last Night I Dreamed a Circus) captures his subjects in a variety of moods and modes. There are almost formal poses (the florid, impressionistic poultry are noteworthy), more impressionistic works (turkeys distilled to red wattles and reverse-silhouetted bodies against a green field); and casual, occasionally naf-styled sketches, complete with sound effects like 'oink' and 'cluck.' It's aesthetically intriguing and fun — readers are never quite sure what awaits on the next page. Gottfried fares less well: her conceit is that the free verse is written by the animals themselves, as in this poem by a turkey named Whisper: 'See our magnificent dance in the grass./ We are so graceful, like a ballet class.' But aside from some familiar animal personality tropes (a sheep is imperious, chicks are giddy, rabbits are skittish), there's little in the verse that conveys a unique voice or experience. Instead, the poems feel like they're all cut from the same dreamy, earnest cloth. Ages 5 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Maya Gottfried is a writer of poetry and prose for both children and adults. She works for a publishing company in New York City, and has served as a volunteer for Farm Sanctuary. Maya Gottfried lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Robert Rahway Zakanitch is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Grant, and his work is represented in many museum collections. Read more about his work at www.zakanitch.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375861185
Author:
Gottfried, Maya
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Zakanitch, Robert Rahway
Author:
Zakanitch, Robert Rahway
Author:
Maya Lahr Gottfried
Author:
illustrated by Robert Rahway Zakanitch
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Domestic animals
Subject:
Animals - Farm Animals
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Farm
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.26x8.86x.36 in. .86 lbs.
Age Level:
05-08

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Product details 40 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375861185 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The inhabitants of a real-life refuge for abused farm animals inspired this collection of poems and watercolor portraits. Zakanitch (who collaborated with Gottfried on Good Dog and Last Night I Dreamed a Circus) captures his subjects in a variety of moods and modes. There are almost formal poses (the florid, impressionistic poultry are noteworthy), more impressionistic works (turkeys distilled to red wattles and reverse-silhouetted bodies against a green field); and casual, occasionally naf-styled sketches, complete with sound effects like 'oink' and 'cluck.' It's aesthetically intriguing and fun — readers are never quite sure what awaits on the next page. Gottfried fares less well: her conceit is that the free verse is written by the animals themselves, as in this poem by a turkey named Whisper: 'See our magnificent dance in the grass./ We are so graceful, like a ballet class.' But aside from some familiar animal personality tropes (a sheep is imperious, chicks are giddy, rabbits are skittish), there's little in the verse that conveys a unique voice or experience. Instead, the poems feel like they're all cut from the same dreamy, earnest cloth. Ages 5 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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