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Country Life

Annie’s family has moved to the prairie, and her mother is sad to leave her old life behind and start anew as a pioneer. Annie knows that the thing that will make her mother happy again is to plant a flower garden, just like the one she had back home.

Each of Eli’s family members has a favorite place on their farm. His mother loves to visit a blueberry patch on the hill, and his grandfather feels most at home in the cool, peaceful barn. As he grows from infant to toddler to boy, Eli discovers that he loves the marsh where ducklings follow their mother. This book offers a unique child’s view on farm life and includes illustrations of farm animals and landscapes.

A beautifully illustrated story that depicts a simpler time in the southern Appalachian region.

The life of a barn across generations, this story is told from the perspective of the barn.

This coming of age story captures the moment in time when a child discovers that the outside world doesn’t always view him or his family the way that he does. A boy and his father take their handmade baskets into the city to sell, and the boy is called a ‘hillbilly’ by someone in town. This causes him to question his own future as a basket-maker.

Nonfiction about gardens illustrated with paper cuts.

Nonfiction about farm life.

On a cold winter morning, grandmother writes, “Dear Rebecca, winter is here”. Read on to experience the many swift changes of winter grandmother describes in her letter.

A collection of international poems, highlighting various topics from Grandpa’s Garden to A Potato’s Valentine to The Emperor’s Greenhouse.

This book of by Cynthia Rylant contains 12 short pieces that tell the story of when an animal changes a human’s life for the better.