Back of Book:
A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with fabulous art by JOE CEPEDA, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship.
I received a copy of this book from author Christy Mihaly in exchange for an honest review. I love the uniqueness of this story. I live in California so most of my students have never seen a harvest take place. Reading this story gives them a glimpse into the world of harvest time. I love that the perspective is written from the daughter watching her mother work. The rhyming text is fun, and keeps readers engaged. The illustrations are beautifully drawn, and clearly show readers the harvest and haying process. The back of the book has the definitions that go along with haymaking. It also has a recipe to make your own Switchel drink. This is a fantastic story to share with readers about the haying process.
Ages 5 and up
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Hi Jen! It’s been a whirlwind around here so I’m just catching up with your review. Thank you for including HAY on picturebooks4learning. You’re so right about how many kids don’t know about the work of farms. Since the book’s release, I’ve been having a great deal of fun sharing the story of hay with kids — and their parents. In Vermont lots of kids have seen hayfields, but they still don’t know the whole truth of how hay is made. I’ll be heading to California in a few weeks to bring the story to urban kids in the Bay Area. Looking forward to that! ~Christy