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Barn savers

by High, Linda Oatman.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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ACLA Mobile Library Services Children's Picture Books PICTURE qj Fic High, Li
Location  ACLA Mobile Library Services
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  PICTURE qj Fic High, Li
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Picture Books J e H
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  J e H
The barn is old. The boards are beaten. A hundred years of wind and rain have taken their toll. When you step inside, you can smell the hay and horses. It's a beautiful place, this barn, in its rugged way. But now it's time for the barn to come down. Fortunately, the barn will not be crushed by the blade of a bulldozer. It will be dismantled slowly, piece by piece, by the barn savers. The barn savers, a father and son, take care to save everything--the joists, the rafters, the flooring, theroofing. In this way, the barn will never be gone. Somewhere parts of it may live for another hundred years. This is the hope of the barn savers. Linda Oatman High's story quietly celebrates something beautiful and something old, as a father and son bring down a barn with hard work and respect. Ted Lewin's dramatic illustrations pay homage to the old barn in all its gray and weathered glory.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4^-8. Waking before dawn, a boy accompanies his father to an old barn. Their job is to save the barn from the bulldozers, taking it apart board by board so that the parts can be sold. The boy works all day stacking wood as his father carefully dismantles the structure. When they climb into the truck to head home, the boy takes the iron horse from the barn's weather vane to keep in his bedroom. Lewin's watercolor paintings, beautiful in their own right yet energized by the narrative content, sweep wide across the double-page spreads. The illustrations, whether moonlit or washed by brilliant sunshine, reflect the dignity of the plain-spoken, first-person text and portray the old building as a place of history and mystery, of light and shadow. Shining through both text and illustrations is respect for the beauty and integrity of the old barn, respect for the father's work of salvaging its parts for new uses, and the mutual respect of father and son, who share in a job worth doing. Classified in CIP as nonfiction, this picture book deserves a wider audience than it may find among children looking for books on construction. As one of the few picture books to show rural life outside the farmyard, it makes an unusual and effective choice for reading aloud. The lovely endpapers show different barns, as stately as castles. --Carolyn Phelan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Barns -- Fiction.
Barns -- Conservation and restoration -- Fiction.
Publisher Honesdale, Pa. :Boyds Mills Press,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Lewin, Ted.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 1563974037
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