Perfect Picture Book Friday – Mowing

How awesome is it that it’s Friday?! 🙂

Before I share my perfect picture book for today, I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that this will be the last official Perfect Picture Book Friday until September.  As you all know, I put PPBF on hiatus for the summer.  Between my own unpredictable schedule and the fact that many of you spend less time online in the summer, it just seems to make sense to take a break.  But for those of you who are dedicated (and there is a core group of you – you are wonderful!) I look forward to seeing what you’ll share.

Would You Read It Wednesday will continue through June and July (I usually take a complete blogging break in August because really… how much of me do you all really want to have to pay attention to?! 🙂 ), and you never know what other high jinx I might get up to if I get a hair brained scheme out of the blue…

Anyway, onto today’s choice!

Apparently all I can think about this week is baby deer 🙂

So in about 14 seconds you’ll understand why I chose this week’s Perfect Picture Book 🙂

Written By:  Jessie Haas
Illustrated By:  Jos. A. Smith
Greenwillow Books, 1994, Fiction
Suitable For: ages 4-8

Themes/Topics: farms, grandparents, generations, modernization, respect for wildlife, vehicles

Opening:  “Early in the morning Gramp and Nora go to the field to mow.  They hear the cry of the bobolink, the swish of the tall grass, the thud of the horses’ hooves.
At the edge of the field Gramp lowers the cutter bar.
“Hop off, Nora,” he says.  “You’ll be safer on the ground.”  Gramp speaks softly to the horses.  “Giddap!”  They walk, and the mowing machine begins to clatter.”

Brief Synopsis:  Just as morning is peeking over the horizon, Gramp and Nora head out to mow the hay.  Gramp drives an old-fashioned sickle bar mower with Nora in his lap holding the reins.  When they reach the field, it’s Nora’s job to hop down and keep an eye out for any little animal that might be injured by the horses or the cutter blades.  What does she see?  (I’m betting you can guess one thing she sees! :))  When the mowing is done, two tall islands of grass still stand.  Gramp says some would call that a bad job of mowing, but he and Nora know better.  They know they have taken care to leave the animals safe and protected.

Links To Resources: Fawn Coloring Page 1, Fawn Coloring Page 2, Fawn Facts, National Geographic Groundhog Facts, National Geographic Killdeer Facts.  Talk about the difference in the way hay is mowed today.  Talk about other situations where you might want to be respectful of wildlife.

Why I Like This Book:  This is the kind of sweet, quiet book that I absolutely love.  My kids loved it too, and we read it over and over and over.  The language is gentle, the story is simple with that nostalgic feel of hearkening back to a different time, and the message of caring for all the creatures who share our world is lovely.  On top of that, the art is just beautiful, particularly the way the artist captured the changing light, from dawn through late afternoon, and the different perspectives he uses.  It’s a wonderful book for nap time, bedtime, or anytime kids need to unwind.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂


10 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Mowing

  1. ptnozell says:

    A wonderful choice! I love how it’s a young granddaughter helping with the mowing, too. Happy summer! I will be continuing my reviews – I’ve got the perfect new summertime book on deck for next Friday.

  2. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    Happy PPBF on-the-verge-of-summer hiatus! I loved MOWING too – so summery! Have to suggest that you also look for HEY, HEY, HAY! written by debut PB author Christy Mihaly and illustrated by Joe Cepeda, coming mid-August 2018 from Holiday House. I’ve had a sneak peek and it is EXCELLENT! 🙂

  3. viviankirkfield says:

    Lovely book, Susanna…those oldies are definitely goodies. I missed posting today, but will share yours. And I agree with Cathy…Hey, Hey, Hay by Christy Mihaly has a similar feel…I’ve seen it also and it is beautiful!

  4. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    I think you are delusional calling this a quiet book. I’m sure authors must have a different definition of quiet than doggies. Baby deer or no baby deer, I have heard the mowing guys and they are the complete polar opposite of quiet! They’re out there right now – barking and growling, and I am not even allowed to bark and growl back at them! So rude.

    Love and licks ,

  5. Diane Tulloch says:

    Oh Gosh what you going on Summer Break??? Sniff, sniff, sniff! I guess I’ll just find some good picture books to curl up with in front of the heater and tv with a BIG cup of chocolate (packets of ready made on hand) over the next few months till PPBF comes back. We have a few fine days to get some much needed concreting done before the real bad weather sets in. Enjoy your summer break. Loved your choice of book to see in the summer. I can’t wait for summer to come around again… 🙂

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