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On Ramon's Farm

by Campbell Geeslin
Illustrated by Petra Mathers

Published by An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum, 1998
40 pages
ISBN: 0-689-81134-9

Ages 4 - 8

A wonderfully original picture book, set in Mexico, is organized into five short chapters, each one beginning with a glossary of five or six Spanish words that will be used in the upcoming text. Each chapter deals with little drama involving one specific species of animal on Ramon's farm. There's the goat who likes to climb up on the house or into a tree, the rooster that fights with his reflection in a bucket of water, and the burro that always takes one step forward and two steps back. At the end of each chapter, Ramón makes up an amusing couplet that defines the animal's nature. Petra Mathers' bright watercolor, pen and colored pencil illustrations are perfect for Geeslin's droll humor. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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