My First Farm Friends (Board book)

Books in a Barn

By Betsy Wallin

Storey Publishing, LLC, 9781603429917, 20pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2011

List Price: 18.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Each of these illustrated board books chronicles a cheerful day on the farm. Young readers will delight in the charming scenes of milking cows, playful goats, foraging chickens, and muddy pig pals. The books come in a fully illustrated box that can turn into a play barn complete with a carrying handle, a barn door that closes with a Velcro fastener, and four stand-up animal figures that children can use to create their own stories. Let the farm fun begin!

About the Author

Betsy Wallin grew up drawing horses and barns in the countryside of upstate New York. She later studied illustration at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs and Pratt Institute, and she holds degrees in art history from Vassar College and the University of California, Berkeley. She has four grown children and one grandchild and lives in Paris.

Praise For My First Farm Friends: Books in a Barn

My First Farm Friends by Betsy Wallin is a sweet read-and-play combo for babies through preschoolers. Four board books, one for each farmyard favorite—goat, cow, pig and chicken—show daily life on a happy family farm. We see where the animals live, what they eat, how they play and how the whole family works together to take good care of them. We also learn the real names for animals, like father rooster, mother hen and baby chicks; or, for the goats, father buck, mother doe and baby kid. The cute gift box in which the four books are contained is illustrated inside and out and instantly converts into a play barn with a working door. Children can act out the stories and make up new ones using the four sturdy, stand-up animals. A nice touch for tired parents is that each book ends with a sunset and cozy night scene just right for winding down with bedtime reading.