Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pick of the Week: Market Day

Market Day
Market Day by Carol Foskett Cordsen, illustrated by Douglas B. Jones
(Dutton Children's Books, 2008)

In Market Day, we follow the Benson family (from The Milkman) to an apple farm as they rise early in the morning to prepare for the farmer's market. As the early morning sun rises, the Bensons shuffle around to fill their farm truck with freshly picked apples. Unfortunately, as they hurry to get ready for market day, the Bensons not only forget to feed the cow, but also fail to close the gate to their farm as they drive away. What ensues is comedy, as one very hungry cow heads to the market herself, looking for her meal! Carol Foskett Cordsen's text has great rhyme and rhythm, which makes for a good read-aloud. Paired with Jones' vintage-style illustration, this book is a good one to share in fall, farm, and market-themed storytimes.

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