Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 28: Generations

Our next farm kid story showcases a family-owned farm with deep roots.

 In Tuttle’s Red Barn: The Story of America’s Oldest Family Farm author Richard Michelson spans 12 generations of the Tuttle family starting with John Tuttle (1616-1683) who came ashore Maine from a boat from England.

On page 5 the Tuttle children prepare the cabin for winter by doing chores: filling in chinks in the logs with rock and clay, and rubbing linseed oil on the paper windows to keep out the rain. 

The book tells the story of Indian raids, the Revolutionary War, the Underground Railroad, the Industrial Revolution, and also 300+ years of work on their New Hampshire family farm.  By the 1960’s Tuttle’s Red Barn Farmstand sold produce and things such as hand-spun wool and real maple syrup.

Illustrator Mary Azarian uses a relief printmaking technique called woodcut (or xylography) illustrations.  It’s a rustic yet pretty technique of dark lines filled in with bright colors.  The Illustrator’s website showcases more than 50 books where she uses her woodcut illustrations. 

I'll keep it short tonight.  My little one is feeling under the weather.  Not much time to type or to even read tonight!

What's the book of choice in your house tonight?


My Library List:
Preview Day: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories
Day 1: One Moment

Day 2: Perfect Pizza
Day 3: Our Heartland
Day 4: Pasta Fistful
Day 5: One Fast Grower
Day 6: Farmer Seuss
Day 7: Just One Cookie?
Day 8: Frowns Turn into Smiles
Day 9: BOO-HA

Day 10: Big Red Barn
Day 11: Magic with Vegetables

Day 12: Call to Action
Day 13: BOOM
Day 14: Ponies and Cowboys
Day 15: Value to our Trees
Day 16: Tractor Time
Day 17: Wishing for a Washing
Day 18: United Tweets
Day 19: Popcorn Pops
Day 20: Busy Places
Day 21: Peas Please
Day 22: Thankful
Day 23: Splashes of Ink
Day 24: Fantastic Machines
Day 25: Secrets of Quilts

Day 26: L is for Lincoln
Day 27: Christmas Trees

Our blogging host Holly Spangler writes “30 Days on a Prairie Farm” this month on her blog: My Generation.

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