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Queenie Farmer
Campbell, Ann-Jeanette.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
In the absence of her beloved cows, who have run away, Queenie Farmer treats her fifteen daughters like a prize herd, baking them cakes, building them beds, sewing them dresses, helping them get married, and taking care of their children when they finally have them.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 60910.
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Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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On the very day Queenie Farmer gives birth to fifteen daughters, her beloved prize herd of cows runs off with her husband in chase. Her life is never dull, and Queenie rises to each task with her own particular flair.
Ann Campbell's delightfully original tall tale weaves together a down-home family story with early math concepts and an introduction to the days of the week. Holly Meade's gentle hand and buoyant compositions highlight the bold, independent spirit of Queenie--and each of her beloved girls.

Author Notes

ANN CAMPBELL is a former librarian and children's book editor. She lives in Cotati, California.

HOLLY MEADE has illustrated many books for children, including Hush: A Thai Lullaby , which won a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Newburyport, Massachussetts.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. A tongue-in-cheek tall tale that celebrates supermoms. Queenie Farmer's prize cows and husband all disappear the day her 15 daughters are born. Campbell spins out their outlandish story via a pattern prompted by the girls' birthday wishes over the years. At nine, it's birthday cakes they want, and Queenie goes to work grinding flour on Monday, collecting eggs on Tuesday, etc. The pattern repeats itself as the girls grow up--party dresses when they're 16, fiances when they're 21, baby gifts for grandchildren when the girls are 25. The story's pattern and rhythmic phrasing will catch the ears of young listeners, and Meade's lighthearted pen-and-wash drawings play up the story's energy and humor. --Denise Wilms

Publisher's Weekly Review

Campbell (Dora's Box) extends an invitation to enter the realm of the fairy and folktale, with generous doses of humor: "The day that Queenie Farmer gave birth to fifteen daughters, her beloved prize cows got loose. Mr. Farmer went after them and never came back." The action unfolds around several of Queenie's daughters' birthdays, when the girls make a request of their mother, which she obliges willingly ("Her girls asked for so little, and Queenie wanted to give them so much"). The tasks always take her six days, with the payoff on Sunday. When she is asked to make 15 birthday cakes for their sixth birthday, for example, Mrs. Farmer grinds flour on Monday, collects eggs on Tuesday, and so forth, until, "On Sunday, the Farmer girls ate cake five chocolate layer cakes, four yellow sponge cakes, three pound cakes, two ice cream cakes, and one angel food cake" (always a countdown from five to one). The girls up the ante as they mature, so that Queenie ends up going out to find 15 husbands for her girls then baby-sitting their 55 offspring on Sundays. Queenie's indisputable love, energy and ingenuity permeate the tale, while Meade (Hush! A Thai Lullaby) makes the most of the simultaneously born siblings, the seven-day motif, and Queenie's comical yearning for her lost Holsteins (she dresses herself and her "herd" of daughters in black and white). Like the narrative, the artwork mirrors the ebb and flo of life. In the end, it's Queenie's turn, as she happily paints Holsteins all week long ('til Sunday, of course). Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-When Queenie Farmer gives birth to 15 daughters, her cows run away and her husband follows them. The woman raises the children on her own, and she treats them all alike, just like a herd. Once in a while they ask for something, and she does her best to satisfy them. At six, they want their own birthday cakes, so on Monday she grinds flour, on Tuesday she collects eggs, on Wednesday she milks a neighbor's cow, on Thursday she churns butter, on Friday she makes ice cream, and on Saturday she bakes all day and all night. When the girls are 12, they want their own bedrooms. At 16, it's party dresses, and at 21, they ask for husbands. Working her way through the week for each request, Queenie does her best to please her daughters, but when they have 55 babies, she sells her house and moves. From then on, the women and their children visit her every Sunday, and on all the other days Queenie does just as she pleases. Meade's line-and-wash illustrations extend the story and its humor. Young readers will enjoy counting the characters to make sure they're all there and spotting small details. Astute readers will chuckle when they notice that the Farmers always wear black-and-white polka dots-just like their beloved cows. A rollicking good time, with a lesson on the days of the week thrown in for good measure.- Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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