When you see a farm book of mine it's usually because I'm thinking of growing up in a small town in southern Texas. It was not much of a town when I lived there; a dusty cattle town (the head of the King Ranch, the largest ranch in the world, was just down the road). But, boy, did I have fun with my friends exploring nature.
In Summer Sun Risin' I focus on a father and son going through their daily summer chores. And I do so using the form of a lullaby. Yes, I sing the book very slowly as if I were putting a child to sleep (which, of course, is where the story ends). Here, try singing the first few lines:
Rug on the floor,
light on the wall.
Ma bt the bed,
Pa in the hall.
Dog at the door,
cat on a chair.
Summer sun's tastin'
the sweet, sweet air.
Honors and Awards
Indiana Hoosier State Masterlist of Recommended Books
Best Book of the Year, Banks Street College
Golden Crown Award Nominee
INCLUDED IN THESE READING PROGRAMS:
Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading Program
KinderCorner's "City Gardens/Country Farms"
The cheerful young narrator tells us about a fine summer's day
on a hard-working farm where everyone is busy
from sunup to a quiet sunset.
—The New York Times Book Review
The rhymic verses beg to be read aloud...
A cheery introduction to farm life and simple poetry.
[This] nicely designed book...truly conjures up a lovely
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