Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Small Readers: I like the farm by Shelley Rotner

In the past, I've sometimes disliked the I like to Read series because I felt the illustrations were lackluster, but I'm completely behind this delightful entry.

I've been really enjoying Rotner's books with photographs - I think she's a bit of a modern Tana Hoban (whose books I've been weeding because she's no longer popular). This easy reader was just perfect for our quasi-rural community.

Each page features a different farm animal and many also show kids. There are cats, cows, dogs, pigs, and chickens. There's also a picture of a tractor and farmyard at the end of the story. The text is simple variations on the title, "I like the piglet."

What I absolutely loved about this is that it showcases a wide range of diverse kids! Boys, girls, dark and light skin, Hispanic, African-American, and Indian. It's so rare to see kids of color shown in books about rural life.

Verdict: Farm animals, an emergent reading level, and a diverse cast of real kids. This is the perfect addition to your easy reader section and I'll be buying several copies!

ISBN: 9780823438334; Published 2017 by Holiday House; F&G provided at ALA 2017; Purchased for the library

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