A Crowded Farmhouse Folktale
AUTHOR: Karen Rostoker Gruber
ILLUSTRATOR: Kristina Swarner
PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman, 2020
THERE WAS NO ROOM TO SIT, NO ROOM TO PACE, NO ROOM TO REST, NO EXTRA SPACE!
Farmer Earl has had enough -- his home is too crowded. So, he visits the wise woman in town for help. She tells him to bring all his ducks in the house. And then his horses. And all his goats too!
How will there be more room with all these animals?
Usually, with my reviews, I outline three quick reasons to read. But there are so many for this book. First of all, it is a great Mentor text in writing picture books. Karen makes wonderful use of poetic devices -- rhythm, alliteration, consonance, assonance. She employs three beats. She featured a main character who has a child-like problem (many current or former children will experience or remember their bedroom or house being too small and not appreciating it). The character undergoes a noticeable change from beginning to end, as do those around him. It also shows a respect for and and inclination toward listening to his elders (wise woman), despite being able to clearly see the result game, just knowing that this mentor knows best and wants best for him. That's a subtle little lesson for little ones about parenting.
But the part I love the most, apart from it being a Jewish folktale, is the truth that it speaks. Everything looks differently if we change the perspective. Knowing that is a great tool in coping in this life and one that's important to give to children.
As to the art -- it's fun and folksy, just like it should be.
So well done! I honestly think that this book has takeaway value for everyone, young and old, alike!
And for more fun, here's the backstory to A CROWDED FARMHOUSE FOLKTALE:
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What an inspiring book. I love that it is a Jewish folktale! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Me too --- it's so clever and it has such a great message! Thanks for stopping by My Word Playground, Patricia T.Delete
Thank you for giving my book some love!Delete
I love this book. It's great for the general reader as well as for writers studying craft. And I've got to say that during this pandemic, I sometimes feel like our house is filled with two many creatures of the human and dog variety, LOL. Thanks for featuring!ReplyDelete
LOL -- yes, very timely, too! Thanks for stopping by My Word Playground, Jilanne!Delete
Thank you, Jilanne! Lately everyone is feeling like Farmer Earl. The cats in the book are not liking everyone being home one bit. You should see their faces.Delete
This looks like a great book. It is on my ever teetering TBR pile. Thanks for the great review or it.ReplyDelete
It was. It's one that even means more after you stop reading it and go through life if that makes sense. That's the way it is with all the best books! Thanks for stopping by My Word Playground, Maria.Delete
There's a toilet paper scene, which makes it hysterical for these COVID times. Maybe that will put my book ahead of others on your TBR pile. :)Delete