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Harvest home
Yolen, Jane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
A young farm girl and her family bring in the new harvest and celebrate with prayers, songs, and a festive meal. Includes instructions for making a harvest doll from corn husks.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 63494.
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The moon grows fatter, the days grow shorter, and it is time to bring in the harvest.
Written in the style of the traditional harvest song, Harvest Home tells the story of a family that toils together to make the work of harvesting lighter. Jane Yolen's spirited verse resonates with the magic of an American heartland tradition. Greg Shed's radiant art captures the warm spirit of this special time of year.

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. A pigtailed girl in a straw hat describes in verse how she and her family gather the harvest. Three months earlier, seeds were sown: "Each tiny grain was set in earth / To give the wheat a wholesome berth." Now her grandpa, grandma, brother, sister, mother, and father work side-by-side to gather the season's yield. The text's lovely poetry, with the lyrical refrain "Bringing the harvest home," echoes the soulful tradition of rural American harvesters' songs, in which one singer leads with the narrative line and the others join in on the chorus. The sun-drenched, soft-focused paintings show the beauty in the wheat's golden hues and the workers' wide-brimmed yellow hats and white shirts glowing against a brilliant sky. Children will sense the heat and the rhythm of the work, and they'll learn about the harvest celebration after the labor--the fiddle music and the food. Instructions for making a harvest doll are also included. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-This glowing collaboration celebrates a way of life that has all but disappeared in much of the modern world. In rhythmic verse, young Bess tells of reaping the season's wheat at the end of a bountiful summer of planting. The work is hard and the heat is relentless, but the family forges ahead, anticipating the end of their labors and the celebratory meal for all of the friends and family who have helped with "Bringing the harvest home." The book concludes with a brief summary of harvest customs around the world and simple instructions for fashioning a harvest doll. Shed's sun-kissed, gouache-on-canvas illustrations, filling almost three-quarters of each spread, are a fine and fitting accompaniment to Yolen's text. A reflective and respectful tribute to a bygone era.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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