This is a beautiful book about the perseverance within the pioneering spirit. From the end notes:
*"John Deere wasn't the first American to tinker with plow designs." ; "But John was the first to blend the best ideas about plow designs and steel parts to make a better tool for America's thick prairie soil."
*"John Deere didn't invent the tractor. He died thirty-two years before his company bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company and began selling the Waterloo Boy Model R--the granddaddy of all John Deere tractors."
I do not know if it is purposeful, but the book reminded me of lovely picture books that tell the Johnny Appleseed story.
Thanks to the donation of this book to the Muehl Public Library by the Outagamie County Farm Bureau/Ag in the Classroom and thanks to the Fairest of the Outagamie Fair, 2018, Morgan Rynish for signing this library copy!
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Friday, August 3, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
This book is hilarious. Desert Rose takes a "shortcut" with her hog and has so much trouble that she learns, ultimately, that sometimes shortcuts fail. She is looking for help to get her hog moving from different animals (forming a chain of sorts). She is trying to get to the country fair in Laredo on time. As each animal claims some excuse, Desert Rose has funny retorts playing with language. Finally, she strikes a deal with a shady and intimidating armadillo. He is true to his word, and then Desert Rose is also.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Jack's worry shrinks when he shares it with his mom and they talk it out. (He is afraid of playing his trumpet at a concert because he might make mistakes.) Because his worry has dissipated, he is able to go on and encourage his fellow players at the concert so their worries shrink, too. I loved how obvious this book was to my youngest story time patrons as they watched the worry grow big and small based upon the situation.