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Official Review: Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger

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Official Review: Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger

Post Number:#1 by CataclysmicKnight
» 20 Mar 2017, 17:28

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Farmer Beau's Farm" by Kathleen Geiger.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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On an otherwise-ordinary day Farmer Beau notices six kittens playing around in his garage. Upon finding them he decides to get his wife, Bamma, and they take a break to watch them play. They put food out for them, but as time goes by they leave, one by one, until only one is left. Smitten, the two decide to convince her to stay and name her Kailey.

Kailey loves the farm, and one day she comes across a cute little bunny named Sammy. The two become fast friends, and Kailey even makes a spot for her to stay. However, when they overhear Farmer Beau and Bamma talking about taking in another animal - one that would be "unusual on the farm" - they start to get worried. What if they love Malissa, this new mystery animal, more than them? What if they get made fun of for having some weird animal around the farm?

The aptly-titled Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger is a cute children's book. Kathleen based the book on finding six kittens actually playing in their garage years ago! The book uses more text than many children's books but the vocabulary is simple enough not to be confusing. I really liked that the font is a dark blue, a bit thicker and bigger than most kindle books use, making it much easier to see at a distance for reading and showing off pictures. While I did find a spot here and there that seemed a bit off grammatically or was missing quotation marks for thought, reading it aloud is definitely easy enough.

The imagery throughout is colorful and reminiscent of classic cartoons like Looney Tunes. The backgrounds are a bit static and flat, but are definitely passable, and it's the characters that are worth focusing on anyway. The animals seem so alive that it's like they're still-frame images captured from a lively cartoon. The book's text is also separate from the images, so there's nothing to take away from how cute they are.

As far as the themes are concerned, Kailey and Sammy are like two loving siblings (without the sibling rivalry!). Their concerns about the new animal are reminiscent of adopting a new child or getting a new baby brother or sister, and once Malissa arrives the kitten and bunny handle it in a relatable, ultimately sweet way.

Overall Farmer Beau's Farm was a sweet read. I could certainly see reading it to kids, especially kids expecting a new sibling or who may not get along so well. Animal lovers will enjoy it as well, as would kids who live on a farm (the silliness of the mystery animal alone would be worth it!). I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars.

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Re: Official Review: Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 21 Mar 2017, 13:32

Sounds like it would be fun and informative at the same time. Perfect for a children's book. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger

Post Number:#3 by MarisaRose
» 24 Mar 2017, 07:05

Great review! Seems like a fun, entertaining book many youngsters would enjoy.
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Post Number:#4 by RosesReviews
» 05 Apr 2017, 16:58

Thank you for the review. It sounds like it would be an enjoyable book to read to my grandson.
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Post Number:#5 by Donnavila Marie01
» 06 Apr 2017, 20:58

I was delighted to read the review. It is refreshing. It invites us to become children again. I recommend this for moms so that they will have a great story to tell to their children.
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Re: Official Review: Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger

Post Number:#6 by Amagine
» 07 Apr 2017, 08:14

This sounds like a great children story that entertains and enlightens its young readers. I especially love the fact that there are animal characters. Animal characters are nostalgic to adults who think of their own childhood and they are interesting to kids because they aren't human. That is why stories with animal characters are favorites for adult\child interaction.

Great review, I've already added this to my want to read shelf because of you. :)
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Re: Official Review: Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger

Post Number:#7 by tarafarah7
» 07 Apr 2017, 20:05

I do not have children of my own, and I teach HS students, so this book does not really pertain to my life at all, but I was drawn to the cover...a giraffe! I have been following April the Giraffe for some time now on YouTube, and I am excited for her to have her baby, as are the rest of her viewing fans! I see that this is May's BOTM...so very fitting! Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading this and joining the discussion boards!
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Post Number:#8 by Kitkat3
» 09 Apr 2017, 00:28

Thank you for the review! I love the cover of this book. Sounds like a really cute story and one that will help children get along better. I'll have to see if my sister likes it.
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Post Number:#9 by Scott
» 14 Apr 2017, 13:11

@CataclysmicKnight What do you think is the ideal age range for this book?
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Re: Official Review: Farmer Beau's Farm by Kathleen Geiger

Post Number:#10 by CataclysmicKnight
» 14 Apr 2017, 19:28

Thanks for all the kind words everyone :D

As for the recommended age, it all depends on the child. It's quite a bit more word-heavy than most children's books, but the vocabulary is still easy to follow. Assuming an adult is reading it to their child and the child is able to stay attentive long enough I'd say 3-6.
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Post Number:#11 by Padmanagendran
» 24 Apr 2017, 08:59

This book is full of rhytimic words, small children love to read them
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Post Number:#12 by Shreyoshi Sen
» 24 Apr 2017, 21:30

Thanks for the review. The story seems very sweet. I wanna buy this for my cousin but don't know whether it will be good for an 8 yr. Old.
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Post Number:#13 by Sacred7Geraldine
» 25 Apr 2017, 20:25

It is a good reading book for kids, I like it. The bunny and kitten, they became best friend. That was inspiring.
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Post Number:#14 by treasa jahanzeb
» 26 Apr 2017, 07:04

Its a good book refreshing and its for the children intresting story
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Post Number:#15 by Erza_24
» 26 Apr 2017, 11:13

Its a good read. I'm no longer a child anymore but the story sounds interesting. Sure enough that kids will enjoy it.
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