Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar

Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman's Land Army of America by Erin Hagar

Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army by Erin Hagar; illustrated by Jen Hill. 2016. Painted in gouache and Adobe Photoshop.

Brief summary: This story is based on Helen Stevens’s life of becoming a 1917 Woman’s Land Army of America member and becoming a a farmerette. With many men away to fight in WWI, there was a shortage of farmers. There was a lot of doubt that women could do the hard farm work.  Women would go to camps to be trained and then to local farms to work thus feeding the country and allies.

Comments: This is another grit story about not giving up and getting the job done no matter how hard it became. There are photos on the front and back pages reminding us just how farming was in the early twentieth century unlike the agricultural technology we have now.

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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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Story Behind the Name Series

Story Behind the Name Series consists of four biographies(as of July 2016) that are written and illustrated in an interesting and fun way that makes the reader want to know more about the individual. Students will enjoy reading these narrative nonfiction books for reports as well as reading for fun.  The illustrations are large and colorful. The books have a glossary, read more, internet site referrals, and critical thinking using the common core sections. No index or table of contents. I bought all four for my elementary school library to be used with 4th and 5th grade biography reports. All four are also available in library binding.

George Ferris’s Grand Idea: The Ferris Wheel by Jenna Glatzer; illustrated by Stephanie Dominquez

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John Deere’s Powerful Idea: The Perfect Plow by Terry Collins; illustrated by Carl Pearce

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Gustave Eiffel’s Spectacular Idea: The Eiffel Tower by Sharon Katz Cooper; illustrated by Janna Bock

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Milton Hershey’s Sweet Idea: A Chocolate Kingdom by Sharon Katz Cooper; illustrated by Alvaro Iglesias Sanchez

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On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas

On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas

On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas; illustrated by G. Brian Karas. 2016. Gouache and acrylic with pencil

Brief Summary: Farmers pick vegetables, make cheese, and cut mushrooms the day and night before the farmers’ market. Amy, from Busy Bee Cafe, goes to the market early to buy the ingredients she needs for the meal the farmers will have later in her cafe after a long day of selling their food.

Comments: The author/illustrator created how and what happens before food is taken to the farmers’ market with  illustrations to help the students understand the work that is done by farmers in the community before harvest and the work done in selling their harvests.  This is a must share for kindergarten students in my school library. A great addition to any school library.