Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen

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Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer, but he didn't farm like my daddy did. He farmed a genuine, U.S. Government Inspected Balloon Farm.

So begins this enchanting original tall tale. Set in the rural south and populated with a truly unforgettable cast of characters--including, if you look very carefully, a rabbit, a Tyrannosaurus rex, a cat, a chicken, a cow, and a pig hidden in each remarkable illustration--this is a book that is filled with wonderful impossibilities and magical imagination. Told in the great tradition of summer nights and front porch yarns, Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm will lift your spirit right off the ground, just as it does Harvey Potter.

Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer but not like any farmer you've ever met. He didn't grow corn, okra, or tomatoes. Harvey Potter grew balloons. No one knew exactly how he did it, but with the help of the light of a full moon, one friendly child catches a peek of just how Harvey Potter does it. And keeps some magic for herself.

"This is the best sort of fantasy imaginative, inventive, and believable. Harvey Potter is a wonder he's the owner of a genuine U.S. Government Inspected Balloon farm. And Nolen's tale about this man, narrated by the African-American girl who learns balloon-farming magic from him, is equally wondrous.... This title should sail onto every library shelf. May Nolen grow a bumper crop of books." School Library Journal.

"Downright glorious." Publishers Weekly(starred review).


About Jerdine Nolen

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Jerdine Nolen is the author of a diverse range of picture books, from the thoughtful In My Momma's Kitchen to the wildly imaginative Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, which was made into a TV movie. Jerdine Nolen lives with her children in Ellicott City, Maryland. Best-selling artist Mark Buehner has received critical acclaim for his illustration of Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, My Life with the Wave, and My Monster Mama Loves Me So. He lives with his wife, Caralyn, and their six children in Salt Lake City, UT.
Published January 1, 1994 by Scholastic Inc.. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Harvey Potter owns a genuine US Government Inspected balloon farm where he grows balloons to order: clowns, animals, monsters for Halloween, and even--when the young narrator who has been delightedly watching the crops gets old enough to strike out on her own--a huge floater to carry her off.

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""[Buehner's] expert use of light and shadow makes a day in the fields look downright glorious,"" said PW in a starred review.

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