The Farmer In The Dell by Ilse Plume

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Here the celebrated picture-book artist Ilse Plume has imagined a fresh and very American setting for the lyrics a farmstead in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. A young Amish farmer takes a wife, the beautiful wife takes a child, the child takes a nurse, the nurse takes a dog, and with each successive verse the seasons turn, the farmer grows older, and his farm grows more prosperous, more lively, more richly populated. Ms. Plume's colored-pencil drawings are inspired by the folk art and decorative motifs of the Pennsylvania Dutch. They are as comforting as a star-patterned quilt, and as sweet, warm, and delightful as a homemade apple pie. Includes sheet music, lyrics, and directions for playing the game.

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Sid Farrar works in publishing and lives with his wife, Wendy, in Minnesota. He has three grown children, Dan, Rose, and Jacob, and a grandson, Vinny. Sid wrote poems for his kids when they were little, including some of the poems in this book. He enjoys the change of seasons on his walks in the woods and around the lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Published November 30, 2009 by David R Godine. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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The season shifts to autumn when “the farmer takes a wife,” and it is a snowy winter when “the wife takes a child.” The scenes bustle with happy family activity until the inevitable, poignant moment when “the cheese stands alone.” The back matter of this creamy-papered, unusually horizontal book ...

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Pennsylvania Dutch motifs and influences infuse her colored-pencil illustrations as the farmer takes a wife, who takes a child, who takes a nurse and so on.

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