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. Volume XIX Number 6 . . . . October 12, 2012
Farmer Joe babysits little Jennifer, and a note from Jennifer’s mother has a few tips, with the most important one being to make sure Jennifer has her blanket in order for her to have a nap. Farmer Joe and the youngster have a great day, but when it comes time to nap – OH NO! – the blanket is missing! A great search ensues, but Farmer Joe cannot find it. Jennifer does nap due to her exhaustion from farming, and, as fate would have it, her blanket is returned.
This book, a reprint of Farmer Joe Baby-Sits in 'reader' format, is still an excellent book. Nancy Wilcox Richards and Werner Zimmermann have a good chemistry in this series.
One drawback is the loss of quality in the illustrations compared to the original (larger) paperback copy. One fun thing for children to do with Farmer Joe Baby-Sits is to examine the illustrations and to try to find out where the red blanket is. This quest proves to be difficult in some of the illustrations due to quality loss. This is too bad because the pictures are so very well done and such detail has been poured into them by Zimmermann.
I really enjoy the Farmer Joe series and was pleasantly surprised to see this 'reader' format. If you cannot find an original version of this book, don't despair as the book will be enjoyed by all who read it.
John Dryden is a teacher and teacher-librarian in North Cowichan, BC.
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