Synopses & Reviews
This irresistible set of four illustrated board books is packaged in a deluxe gift box that doubles as a play barn after the books are unpacked. Each book depicts the story of daily life with one of four farm animals — chicken, goat, cow, and pig — and features a sturdy stand-up figure of the animal. Geared to ages 0 to 3, the books celebrate and teach about the activities on the farm while introducing basic vocabulary words. The stand-up animals let the action come to life as kids place the four animals in the play barn.
An unbeatable read-and-play combination, with books, barn, and animal figures, for whole afternoons of farm-themed fun!
"Readers are invited to spend a day getting to know the animals that live on a farm in this collection of four board books, packaged in a barn-shaped box, which can be unfolded to create a barnyard scene. Wallin focuses on a different animal in each book (A Day with Cows; A Day with Pigs): 'The pigs are excited to start the day. Time for breakfast!' The soothing pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons and a cheery tone create an idyllic rural environment, while giving children a sense of how the animals and the humans who care for them spend each day. Also included are sturdy pop-out animals, for use with the foldout playscape. Up to age 3. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This boxed set, which includes a cardboard barn (with Velcro door) and stand-up farm animals, contains four books, each of which follows the same sturdy formula (“A Day With Cows,” “A Day With Pigs,” “A Day With Goats,” “A Day With Chickens”). The cows, who live in the big red barn, wake up, chow down, interact with their human counterparts and eventually make their way back to the barn by bedtime. The chickens live in the coop.... But combined with lively, sketchlike watercolor illustrations, the book’s simplicity speaks volumes about the wonders of farm life to suburban and city-dwelling listeners. The New York Times Sunday Book Review
My First Farm Friends by Betsy Wallin is a sweet read-and-play combo for babies through preschoolers. Four board books, one for each farmyard favorite—goat, cow, pig and chicken—show daily life on a happy family farm. We see where the animals live, what they eat, how they play and how the whole family works together to take good care of them. We also learn the real names for animals, like father rooster, mother hen and baby chicks; or, for the goats, father buck, mother doe and baby kid. The cute gift box in which the four books are contained is illustrated inside and out and instantly converts into a play barn with a working door. Children can act out the stories and make up new ones using the four sturdy, stand-up animals. A nice touch for tired parents is that each book ends with a sunset and cozy night scene just right for winding down with bedtime reading.
Each of these illustrated board books chronicles a cheerful day on the farm. Young readers will delight in the charming scenes of milking cows, playful goats, foraging chickens, and muddy pig pals. The books come in a fully illustrated box that can turn into a play barn complete with a carrying handle, a barn door that closes with a Velcro fastener, and four stand-up animal figures that children can use to create their own stories. Let the farm fun begin
Barnyard Joy for Little Farmers
Unpack the irresistible books that teach your child about daily life on the farm, pop out the stand-up animals, and open up the barn.
Your toddler is now ready for hours of farm-themed fun with these adorable new animal friends -- cow, pig, goat, and chicken. It all adds up to an unbeatable read-and-play combination.
About the Author
Betsy Wallin has always loved drawing. She grew up drawing horses and barns in the countryside of upstate NY. After her training in Art History at Vassar College and the University of California, Berkeley, she settled in France and raised four children. She received her formal training in Illustration at the ENSAD in Paris and later on at Pratt Institute in New York. She has published illustrations for Folk Tales in France with Editions Atlas and Nathan Presse.