Title: Fresh-Picked Poetry, A Day at the Farmer’s Market
Author: Michelle Schaub
Illustrator: Amy Huntington
Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2017
Themes: farmer’s market, friendship, healthy eating, fresh produce
Genre: poetry, slice-0f-life
Market Day Today
Its market day
Spy the wonders
heaps of berries,
This collection of poems takes young readers on a day’s visit with two new friends and their dogs to an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown–it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like -Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs, – -Summer Checklist, – and -Necessary Mess.-
Why I like this book:
Amy is from Vermont and on my huge east coast road trip last summer I stopped off in Burlington, VT and visited their most wonderful farmer’s market. I have to wonder if Amy used this in part as inspiration for her delightful illustrations. She adds her own story and humor to the text with families of all shapes and sizes celebrating yummy fresh produce and all the sounds and smells of market day!
In every country I have lived I have frequented my local farmer’s market. I have just moved to Mamaroneck and their farmer’s market meets in the local Lutheran church hall through the winter months. I love them and am so happy to see them celebrated with such sweet poetic voice and warmhearted exploration in this picture book.
Michelle Schaub’s poetry is light-footed and the imagery catches all the senses and excitement of childish exploration. I wanted to dig my hands in the curly greens and found myself checking my fingers for tell tale blackberry juice. She incorporates clever word play, onomatopoeia, and all the extra’s like face painting and knife-grinding that can accompany a day at the market.
“the pavement is so hot it could roast a shish-kebab.” sure makes me feel summer is here!
This book is a perfect pick for family, libraries and classrooms. A great addition to units of farming and healthy eating.
Don’t miss the interview I did with Amy here.
If possible a trip to your local farmer’s market is in order. If not, bring some produce into class and have kids choose an item to write a poem!
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