When I Visit the Farm

When I Visit the Farm

By Andrea Belcham

A review of When I Visit The Farm by Crystal Beshara

Published on April 1, 2009

When I Visit The Farm
Crystal Beshara

Lobster Press
$19.95
paper
978-1-897550-09-0

When I Visit the Farm depicts a series of private connections between a small girl and the animals living on a farm: ducklings march along behind her, chicks cuddle in her lap, a cow “stretches her neck out to say hello.” Crystal Beshara’s text is simple, allowing her illustrations – gracefully executed in fresh pastels – to take centre stage. The unnamed protagonist is only ever partially depicted (as a pair of hands reaching out to stroke a muzzle, as bare feet stretched out in a grassy field), inviting young readers to complete the pictures with stories of their own imagination. This is a world devoid of adults, bathed in summer sunshine. (Ages 3 – 5) mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.

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