“This handsome poetry collection feels as hearty and comforting as a bowl of sugared porridge. . . . Children will delight in the fun and beauty.” — Booklist (starred review)

From the bull to the barn cat to the wild bunny, the farmyard bustles with life. The rooster crows, the rams clash, the bees buzz, and over there in the garden, a snake — silent and alone — winds and watches. David Elliott’s graceful, simple verse and Holly Meade’s exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations capture a world that is at once timeless yet disappearing from view — the world of the family farm.


David Elliott is the author of "The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizle", a Book Sense 76 Selection, and several picture books for younger readers, including most recently "The Cool Crazy Crickets to the Rescue!" illustrated by Paul Meisel.

Holly Meade earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in Hush! A Thai Lullabye, by Minfong Ho. She is also the illustrator of Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho; And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner; On the Farm and In the Wild by David Elliott; and many others. A longtime New Englander, Holly Meade lives in Sedgwick, Maine.

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