4 out of 4 stars
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Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger is a children's novel that will keep kids engrossed in a story that demonstrates love, kindness and the relationship with people who aren't like us. Kathleen (Bamma) is a retired Third-grade teacher at the Grand Ridge School, in Grand Ridge. Illinois. Her husband, Beau, is a retired farmer and enjoyed working in his spacious gardens caring for his flowers.
While working outside, farmer Beau noticed six little kittens near his garage. He watched in awe as the precious kittens pranced about in the lilies, turning his flower garden into a playground. As Bamma sat in the courtyard sipping coffee with Farmer Beau while they watched the unfolding performance, the occurrence inspired her to write this novel. However, as days went by, one by one, five kittens left the farm leaving the couple saddened. Farmer Beau constructed a house for the remaining kitten, and they both named it Kailey. One day, as Kailey played around, she wondered curiously in the garden and became friends with Sammy Bunny.
When Beau decided to bring something unusual on the farm, it dawned on Kailey and Sammy that Beau's farm was not as ordinary as they thought. They began to worry because they weren't sure whether they wanted something different that might push them out of the beautiful farm.
This is an educative and motivating story with charming characters that keep the reader yearning for more. At first, the farm is without much activity as the author paints Beau's picture tending flowers and Bamma occupied in knitting and baking, in the reader's mind. As Beau's farm starts flourishing with more life, Kathleen makes sure that each character she adds teaches the reader a few life lessons. I found the choice of animals well-thought-of to depict our dissimilarities and our relationship with people who aren't like us.
The themes portrayed in the novel are relationship, affection, and kindness, which the author demonstrates clearly in a simple writing style that makes the message easy to understand. As humans, we show affection and kindness to friends with regard to their looks rather than the help they require from us. What I learned from this book is that we shouldn't be worried while in the midst of people who are different from us because every friend we get can add value to our lives.
I rate this novel 4 out of 4 stars for a well-developed plot that runs smoothly over the different settings, with no grammar or spelling mistakes. I recommend this novel to parents of kids aged between 3 and 7. The novel has attractive pictures that will enable the kids to remember the story's lessons after reading. Nevertheless, kids above 7 years may not enjoy reading the novel.
Farmer Beau's Farm
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