Stanley the Farmer

illus. by William Bee. 32p. Peachtree. Mar. 2015. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781561458035.
PreS-K—Growing wheat is not easy work. In fact, it is so difficult that Stanley the hamster needs the help of his mole friends, Shamus and Little Woo. Together they pull the plow, spread manure, drive the tractor, pour seeds into a hopper, water twice a day, scare away birds, and drive a combine. The result is a productive day, some beautiful wheat, and an exhausted Stanley. Teamwork has paid off again. Bee's latest Stanley book introduces some rudimentary farming concepts and vocabulary. The simple story is brightly illustrated with bold, digitally rendered images. Emphasized with thick black lines, the characters are easy to follow through the narration and the pictures.
VERDICT This first taste of farming will be loved by parents and children alike and is a great addition to any early years collection.

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