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. Volume XV Number 14. . . .March 6, 2009
When I Visit the Farm is the first time award-winning Ottawa artist Crystal Beshara has written the text accompanying her illustrations. As well as gaining a good deal of recognition for her artistic works in Ottawa, Beshara's work appeared in the illustrations of filmmaker David Diorio's story of Rimsky-Korsakov's creation of his classic piece, The Flight of the Bumble Bee.
Each of the 14 double-paged spreads in When I Visit the Farm depicts an activity engaged in by a young visitor to the farm. The story is told in first person from a four-year-old's point of view. Some details which may perplex the reader occur in the illustrations. Why, for instance, does the young narrator appear in a different dress on every page? In fact, wearing a dress to visit a farm seems a little inappropriate to begin with. Other oddities which appear to older readers include the little girl's backward stance in front of geese (who are notoriously unfriendly), her imaginary sighting of a chipmunk high up in a tree (would she not be more likely to see it from ground level?) and the old hen that appears to have a rooster's head transposed onto her body when we first meet her.
Recommended with reservations.
Valerie Nielsen, a retired teacher-librarian, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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