Little Ree by Ree Drummond

Little ReeLittle Ree by Ree Drummond; illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers. 2017. Pen, ink, and watercolors. Published by Harper Collins.

Brief summary: City Girl Ree is excited about her family moving to the country  and living with her grandparents. She notices how different the air smells, can see all the land to the horizon, and realizes  how the pond  reminds her of a swimming pool. As she is getting settled on her first day, her little brother, Mikey, and cat, Pitcher, discover mud. She does not join them, but instead, goes inside to her new bedroom to unpack adding little touches to make it feel like home. At night, she hears different sounds than in the city. She awakens very early. Her grandfather teaches her how to ride her new horse, Pepper, which Lee finds to be harder to do than expected as they manage a herd of cows. She returns to the big ranch house and has a large breakfast which includes pancakes. Lee’s so tired that she falls asleep at the table but wakes up in time to meet all of her cousins at a barbecue. Little Ree realizes she is  overdressed.  They do not care and have fun playing with her. Little Ree believes she could become a country girl after all.

Comments: Author Ree Drummond shares her experiences of becoming a country woman and how it changed her life. There is a pancake recipe in the back. I would recommend this book to be shared with a city and country living unit of study. This is the first of a new series. I really enjoyed her earlier picture books series with Charlie the Ranch Dog.  You may also know Ree Drummond as The Pioneer Woman from My Food Network.

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Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. 2016. Paint

Brief summary: December comes and a family prepares the farm for winter. The family says good night to the berry plants by covering them in straw. The father covers the field with oats and rye to protect them. They prune the raspberries and cut firewood to keep warm. They secure hoop-houses with plastic sides and prepare the chicken coop. They build a windbreak for the beehives and ready the farm stand for what they sell in Winter. Equipment is covered to prevent rust. All is tucked in ready for the quilt of white snow.

Comments: There is an author’s note in back. One of the books to share with primary during the winter study. Loved the imagery of the whole farm being prepared to go to bed for the winter. The illustrations reminded me of those beautiful painted Christmas card scenes.

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