Thursday 7 December 2023

Blueberry Farm

Blueberry Farm by Stephen Michael King (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia) HB RRP $18.99 ISBN: 9781761205644

Reviewed by Kellie Nissen

Stephen Michael King has done it again with a simple, yet delightful picture book celebrating country life, Blueberry Farm.

Giving young readers a window into a morning routine on a farm, we follow Henna, Ziggs and Moe as they say ‘good morning’ to all their animals, collect the eggs, feed the pony, gather blueberries and pick fresh flowers – all before breakfast. And, what’s for breakfast? Why – blueberry pancakes, of course.

City-dwelling readers may gain a few (albeit rose-coloured) insights into the joys of farm life, along with the plethora of jobs those living on a farm must complete. There is much for children to find and discuss in King’s gorgeous illustrations and words. How many red birds can you find? What sounds to animals make? What chores are there to do on a farm? What can you see, hear, smell and taste?

Blueberry Farm, with its beautiful and vibrant watercolour and ink illustrations, speech bubbles and simple recount-style storyline invites interaction and prompts discussion.

Perfect for young readers from 3 to 7 years of age, Blueberry Farm is another heartwarming offering from this multi-award-winning author and illustrator who also brought us Leaf and Mutt Dog.

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