Fresh-Picked Poetry

Fresh-Picked Poetry
A Day at the Farmers' Market

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Coming March 14, 2017. Pre-order now!

By: Michelle Schaub / Illustrated by: Amy Huntington

It's market day. Hooray, hooray!

This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers' market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown--it's all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors' wares with poems like "Farmer Greg's Free-Range Eggs," "Summer Checklist," and "Necessary Mess."

Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Michelle Schaub, author

Michelle Schaub's poems have appeared in several anthologies and magazines. She is the author of This or That Sports Debate: A Rip-Roaring Game of Either/Or Questions and Vehicles of World War I (Capstone Press). Michelle lives in Downers Grove, Illinois.

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Amy Huntington, illustrator

Amy Huntington illustrated Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck, Grandma Drove the Snowplow, and Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat (Down East Books) among others. Amy lives in Williston, Vermont.

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A collection of poems celebrates farmers markets. Beginning with "Market Day Today," Schaub encourages readers to "spy the wonders / on display" where "farmers chat" and "musicians play." In "Early Risers," farmers "harvest, sort, / wash, and load" produce at dawn, and in "Transformed," they convert city spaces into "tasty transformations." "Pile Up" describes brown-skinned Farmer Rick meticulously stacking cauliflowers, peppers, beets, and peas in "perfect symmetry," while "Is It Ripe" offers clues on testing cherries, peaches, melons, and apricots. Other poems extol the scrumptious scent of freshly baked goods, the twang and rattle of market music, the "ear to ear" joy of sweet corn, honey's "liquid-gold alchemy," and "eggs-traordinary" free-range eggs. Empty produce crates and brimming cupboards offer closure in "Day's End." Humorous, detail-rich, fresh-toned water-color, graphite, ink, and Photoshop illustrations introduce a brown-skinned farm boy, a white city girl, and their respective dogs, who provide a diverting visual subtext as they explore the market while chasing their rambunctious pets across double-page spreads. "Fresh-Picked Reasons to Spend a Day at the Market" offers useful data on farmers markets. Sprightly illustrations and engaging rhymes will leave readers eager to sample market bounty.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-547-7

ISBN: 978-1-63289-573-8 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-574-5 PDF
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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 32
8 x 10

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10

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