The Farm Shop by Devon Avery, Justine Avery and Ema Tepic
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|The Farm Shop by Devon Avery, Justine Avery and Ema Tepic|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Jill Murphy|
|Summary: If you're looking for the perfect bedtime story to share with little ones, The Farm Shop would make a fabulous choice. It tells a sweet and simple story with some gentle messaging about good manners and kindness and encourages good literacy skills through humour.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 51||Date: April 2021|
|Publisher: Suteki Creative|
Kirelle and her best friend Sam the cat decide to go for a walk. Kirelle is dressed for all weathers in her bright yellow wellies and Sam is perfectly turned out as ever in his smart grey fur coat. As they walk to the top of the hill, they see a big barn with a sign outside. It's a farm shop! But this is a farm shop with a difference: all the stallholders and customers are farmyard animals. There are sheep and ducks and cows, goats and chickens, and even some mice. Excited, Kirelle and Sam go shopping.
What will they buy?
I loved the messaging in this sweet little story. Kirelle is such a polite child, waiting her turn in the queue and saying her pleases and her thank yous. But she's also kind and unselfish. Her purchases are all gifts for other people and, when Sam worries that she won't have anything for herself, she says that yes, she will: memories of a lovely day. That happiness and joy are found as much in experiences as they are in possessions is an important life lesson. Here, it's told in a gentle way, not at all preachy but just naturally - it's obvious when you think about it.
But The Farm Shop isn't simply a homily. Lots of fun can be had with a child's first introduction to puns - the sheep say baa and their stalls sell chocolate baas; the ducks say quack and their stalls sell cheese quackers; the cows say moo and their stall sells moovies. It's daft and funny and it encourages a love of language and the ability to play with it.
The text is accessible and rhythmic and easy to read aloud, with just the right amount of vocabulary-stretching - there's a plump of ducks and a hill that is steep. Ema Tepic's illustrations are gentle and muted in colours that make a perfect bedtime book. There's plenty of detail on each page - lovely pink roses, the kink in Sam's tail, a cockerel supervising proceedings - to look at after reading is finished.
If you're looking for the perfect bedtime story to share with little ones, The Farm Shop would make a fabulous choice. It tells a sweet and simple story with some gentle messaging about good manners and kindness and encourages good literacy skills through humour. It's the perfect winding down after a busy day.
You can read more about Devon Avery here.
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