The Barn
The Barn
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Annotation: A sweet, spare debut offers a barn’s-eye view of life on a farm, illustrated with grace and gentleness by picture-book v... more
Genre: [Animal fiction]
Catalog Number: #308769
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Root, Barry,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-536-20906-6 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0951-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-536-20906-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0951-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2021945657
Dimensions: 27 cm
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Introducing a familiar farmyard presence.A barn sided in red cedar narrates this soothing story and describes its daily routine, overseeing the animals it lovingly shelters and nurtures. Each spread following the initial setup opens with the line “I am a barn.” The barn begins with a discussion of the communal barn raising that brought it forth over a century earlier; readers will learn details about its construction and how it has stood strong over time. Though not written in verse, the narrative is gently poetic; the simple, straightforward prose brims with pleasant consonants and assonants, and, indeed, the rolling, rhythmic text appeals to all the senses. Slower-paced read-alouds will not only reward listeners, but also allow kids to savor the delightful, muted painted images of greenery, farmland, and the barn’s residents: chickens that “amble out of my coop”; cows that “chomp on tall, rich grass”; and dogs that “romp and wrestle in my outstretched fields.” Calves, barn swallows, and a cat and her adorable brood also appear. Unsurprisingly, the book concludes after almost everyone has fallen asleep within the barn’s cozy embrace. Children will happily note the open-door welcome to the kitty on the last page as she returns home from a scary encounter midway through the story. The dozers are, naturally, a signal to sleepy readers, confirmed with the barn’s final whisper, “I am your barn.” Several humans depicted present White.Sweet, reassuring, comforting. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 For years, a big red barn has sat regally atop a hill, protecting and observing the many creatures who call it home. From the moment the morning sun rises, cows, chickens, horses, dogs, and cats go about their business, taking shelter in the barn when the outside world becomes overwhelming. Gazing down upon them through sightless window/eyes, the barn is a solid fixture of this pastoral farm. This poetically written picture book depicts life on an American farm as one that is at once relaxing and vibrant. When text is used, it begins with the line "I am a barn," and proceeds to present a poem that depicts a particular facet of farm observations. Descriptive and refreshing language enhances young readers' vocabulary, especially when absorbed alongside the illustrations. Created in watercolor and gouache, the images are the primary feature of this book and incorporate the yellows, greens, and browns of rural life alongside the iconic barn red. Soft lines and careful lighting give the illustrations a sense of calm while guiding readers through a typical summer day. VERDICT Introducing readers to poetry through the use of familiar shapes and farm animals, this is a rich addition to poetry units for elementary collections. Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver P.L.
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Introducing a familiar farmyard presence.A barn sided in red cedar narrates this soothing story and describes its daily routine, overseeing the animals it lovingly shelters and nurtures. Each spread following the initial setup opens with the line “I am a barn.” The barn begins with a discussion of the communal barn raising that brought it forth over a century earlier; readers will learn details about its construction and how it has stood strong over time. Though not written in verse, the narrative is gently poetic; the simple, straightforward prose brims with pleasant consonants and assonants, and, indeed, the rolling, rhythmic text appeals to all the senses. Slower-paced read-alouds will not only reward listeners, but also allow kids to savor the delightful, muted painted images of greenery, farmland, and the barn’s residents: chickens that “amble out of my coop”; cows that “chomp on tall, rich grass”; and dogs that “romp and wrestle in my outstretched fields.” Calves, barn swallows, and a cat and her adorable brood also appear. Unsurprisingly, the book concludes after almost everyone has fallen asleep within the barn’s cozy embrace. Children will happily note the open-door welcome to the kitty on the last page as she returns home from a scary encounter midway through the story. The dozers are, naturally, a signal to sleepy readers, confirmed with the barn’s final whisper, “I am your barn.” Several humans depicted present White.Sweet, reassuring, comforting. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (8/1/21)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

A sweet, spare debut offers a barn’s-eye view of life on a farm, illustrated with grace and gentleness by picture-book veteran Barry Root.

I am a barn. All are safe within my walls.

One hundred years ago, many hands raised a red-cedar barn. Now the barn stands tall, smelling of freshly cut hay and dusty horses. As the animals wake and wander through its weathered doors, the barn watches the day unfold. Chickens peck, cows shoo flies with swishing tails, swallows fly in and out, and a cat crouches in the grass to hunt for dinner. When peepers start their evening song and the animals settle in their bedding again—the horses in their stalls, the cows in their pen, the swallows in their nests—the barn settles, too, until morning, when it gets to live the day all over again. Written by a debut author and narrated by the barnyard’s serene sentinel, this lyrical and beautifully illustrated introduction to farm life is also a gentle way to wind down to bedtime.


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