Saturday, March 16, 2013

Review: Mosey's Field by Barbara Lockhart, Illustrated by Heather Crow


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

Mosey, a long-legged, lumbering kind of dog, has a napping place in the middle of a corn field, but when the plow comes through, followed later by the planter, Mosey can no longer find his spot. As the corn grows, Mosey's adventures in the field include exploring tunnels in the corn rows, chasing rabbits, finding relief from the summer’s heat, and, at the end of the season, experiencing the terrifying (to him) appearance of a combine. Mosey's Field illuminates the beauty of the rural landscape, the change in seasons, and the progression of agricultural methods. While Mosey continues the search for his special place, children are not only connected to the environment, but the important concept of where food comes from. Early Reader; Ages 5-8.
Barbara Lockhart, a retired kindergarten teacher, lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she's been watching fields for years. Heather Crow is an award-winning artist and art teacher. She lives in Easton, Maryland.

MY TAKE:
There's something about this book that grabbed my attention.

In Mosey's Field, Mosey the dog has a favorite spot on the farm wherein he's always resting. However, he has trouble finding it again once the field has been planted.

The story itself was just okay for me. Mosey's adventures weren't particularly compelling, but I did like that it showed what life in a farm was like and how the crops are grown. There's also a short feature at the book about corn, which people might find interesting.

My favorite thing of the book was actually the illustration style. It reminds me of the impressionist paintings. It might not appeal to everyone, but if that's your sort of thing, you'll definitely enjoy looking at the pictures while reading.

Thanks to NetGalley and Schiffer Publishing Ltd. for the e-ARC. Publication date of Mosey's Field is on March 29, 2013.

THE GOOD:

  1. The illustration style is very pretty.
  2. It's a great way for kids to learn about farming.
  3. The feature about the corn is a nice touch.

THE BAD:

  1. Some people may not find Mosey's story super interesting.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
In a very little while, the whole field was harvested and the truck was piled high with golden corn.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child wants to learn more about farming.
  2. You like children's books with pretty, impressionist-style drawings.
  3. You like children's books with additional trivia at the end of the book.

RATING:
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