Abrams Appleseed. Oct. 2019. 92p. Board $16.99. ISBN 9781419738258.
PreS-K–Two children explore a farm and what happens there throughout the year, from harvesting corn to taking jam to the farmer’s market. As they explore they encounter typical barnyard animals as well as activities such as composting and baking apple pie. Sturdy flaps are cleverly placed throughout the book, breaking up the story line and providing variety and interactivity. The book’s rich vocabulary supports early literacy for young listeners, introducing words like dozen, paddock, slop, and grateful. Deliberate questions (“who is behind this door?”) offer easy opportunities for conversation. Digital illustrations are bright and colorful, and include people of different races, abilities, and ages.
VERDICT Sure to be a crowd-pleaser for individual and small group sharing. A must-add to most collections.

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