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Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market by Michelle Schaub | SLJ Review

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redstarSCHAUB, Michelle. Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market. illus. by Amy Huntington. 32p. Charlesbridge. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580895477.

Layout 1Gr 3-5 –A multiethnic crowd of people saunter through a farmers’ market, investigating produce, accompanied by cheerful poetry. Does the “smell of a melon give clues you can use”? Are free-range eggs truly “eggs-traordinary,” and is honey really “liquid-gold alchemy”? Along with this delectable sampling of sweet corn and the search for gooseberries are a list of reasons to shop at such a market, from “Tempting Your Taste Buds” to “Befriending a Farmer.” Huntington’s light watercolor brushstrokes provide a pleasing window into the world of the farmers’ market, from the early morning unloading of the truck to packing up in the late afternoon. Pair this delightful visit with Grace Lin’s mix of science and haiku in Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems and Gail Gibbons’s exuberant The Vegetables We Eat for a nicely balanced diet. VERDICT When “a line wraps around the corner for fresh-squeezed lemonade” and the “farmers mist the Swiss chard and themselves,” you know you’re in the right place. Yes!–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2017 issue.

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