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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

October 2011



The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael López


This is a lovely story about a farm girl and the farm animals who help her cook. Enhancing the story is a generous sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary words such as "the leche [milk] made fresh by the vaca [cow]." The colorful illustrations seem like Mexican paintings throughout this radiant book.






Little Pink Pup

Little Pink Pup

by Johanna Kerby


When Pink-- a piglet and the runt of a litter-- needs help to survive, Tink, the family dachshund and new mom herself, comes to the rescue. A sweet, true story of acceptance and love!





Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury


The farmer in this story is very lazy. He doesn't do any chores. Thank goodness for Farmer Duck! He works and works all day while the farmer takes naps and eats. The other animals on the farm feel badly for Farmer Duck and devise a plan to help him. What do you think they will do?




Mary's Penny

Mary's Penny

by Tanya Landman, illustrated by Richard Holland


A farmer devises an ingenious competition to decide which of his sons should inherit his farm. He challenges each of them to fill the house with something that costs a mere penny. When they fail to carry out his mission, he allows his daughter to try. Despite his conviction that “girls can’t run farms” he nevertheless puts her in charge of the farm. Read the book to find out why!






Wild Wings

Wild Wings

by Gill Lewis, illustrated by Yuta Onoda



Two children find a rare osprey nest on a farm in Scotland and begin a friendship that will change them both. No plot summary can do justice to this wonderful new novel for middle graders. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, it celebrates both human interconnectedness and the wonders of the natural world.




The Cow Loves Cookies

The Cow Loves Cookies

by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall



The farmer feeds the horses their hay, the chickens their chicken feed, the pigs their slop, and the geese their corn-- but that crazy cow, she just loves cookies! This is a fun rhyming story for reading aloud. I also love the watercolor illustrations. Watch for the little orange cat that follows the farmer through the pages!









written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper



From May to November, the chores and delights of a farm occupy the lives of the family that lives and works there. This honest depiction of farm life will give even city kids an idea of what farmers really do, and the watercolor illustrations are beautifully rendered.







Only One Woof

Only One Woof

by James Herriot, illustrated by Peter Barrett

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This is the sweet story of Gyp, a wonderful but silent sheepdog who is happy to be by his masters side all around the farm, never uttering a sound. Until the day he is reunited with his brother who he has not seen since they were pups! His reaction and response surprises and brings smiles to all. A great story by well-known veterinarian and beloved author James Herriot.




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