Country Road ABC
An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmland
By Arthur Geisert
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547194691, 64pp.)
Publication Date: May 2010
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"Much visual information about farming is provided for lovers of tractors and farm animals, but it's more than a simple picture book; it's a deeply personal account, down to the list of thank-yous on the book's final pages, to the owners whose farms he's drawn"—Publishers Weekly, starred review"Only someone who's walked the walk and driven the tractor—and is immensely creative besides—could take readers on such an accurate, realistic and fascinating alphabetic farmland journey. With his signature etchings, Geisert has illustrated an amazing homage to American farms and farmers. [...]A simply glorious barn and farm opus. " —Kirkus Reviews, starred Review "While the alphabetic arrangement provides an organizational scheme and an informational resource, children will return to the illustrations to revel in Geisert's detailed etchings of farmers working and relaxing. The story spans the four seasons with touches of humor, solemnity, and of course, pigs a-plenty. Several scenes, rendered in strong, black silhouettes, lend an air of calm and contrast. Children may enjoy comparing the style and subject matter to Alice and Martin Provensen's Town and Country (Harcourt, 1994)."—School Library Journal "...a refreshingly realistic view of contemporary rural life[...]the clever design and highly detailed color etchings that stand out. [...]both city and country kids will want to return to its elaborately illustrated pages for repeated viewings.—Booklist "Geisert's take is unique, combining a fresh look at modern family farming in the Midwest with an unerring eye for detail. . . While this book is perfect for alphabet learners who have a fascination with farms and machinery, it also serves as a document of twenty-first-century agriculture and as a love letter to Geisert's home."—The Horn Book Magazine "Much of the fun is in orienting the close-up image of each alphabetical feature into the unfolding panorama at the bottom of the page, particularly when the feature is hidden in plain sight at a tricky angle. There's nothing like a leisurely visit to Midwest farm country, especially if you don't have to muck out the barn."—The Bulletin