Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

by Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen


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Meet the animals of Maple Hill Farm and learn about their antics as they bring joy, laughter, and life to the people who live in a house that needs painting at the end of a road full of holes.

Two dogs, five horses, a pig, some geese, lots of chickens, a few cows, a few goats, several sheep, and four special cats—these are the animals at Maple Hill Farm.

With simple text that is both affectionate and wry, and irresistible illustrations that burst with personality, Alice and Martin Provensen bring their barnyard friends to life for the delight of animal lovers both young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689844997
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 12/01/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 110,436
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen books on historical topics, including Aces High: The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II and Operation Cobra and the Great Offensive, and has been a contributor to encyclopedias on both world wars. He lives in San Francisco. Brigadier General Michael J. L. Greene (U.S. Army, retired) is a former president of the USMA Class of 1941.

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Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite children's book and I'm thrilled that it's been republished! A few years ago, a friend wanted to buy if for her children and couldn't find it.It was a favorite when I was a child and still is today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book in the original edition and I'm thrilled that it is available again. This is a fabulous book! It discusses all of tha animals on the farm, their quirks, personalities as well as the reality of birth and death. I learned a lot from this book as a child and cannot wait to read it to my daughter as well. I recommend this book for young and old alike!
KC45 More than 1 year ago
This delightful book manages to catch the essence of the animals described. Any one who has lived on a small farm will recognize all of these animals. We consider it a classic and everyone in our family has a copy as it brings back our days on our farm. This book is enjoyed by all ages!
Treeseed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My children and I enjoyed reading Our Animal Friends At Maple Hill Farm...no...we LOVED it. It is a book that has easily and gracefully stood the test of time and is still as witty and warm and down-home welcoming as it was 30 years ago when I first read it to my sons. Alice and Martin Provensen were a husband-wife team of author/illustrators who won just about every medal and honor imaginable for their engaging and often humorous illustrations of children's picture books. They won Newbery and Caldecott Medals and were on the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books list at least eight times. This book was chosen as a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. Together, they illustrated over 50 books before Martin's death in 1987. They made their home in northern Dutchess County in New York and Alice still lives in their home there, called Maple Hill Farm. Our Animal Friends At Maple Hill Farm is a large picture book that features whimsical and humorous information about many, many animal friends, domestic and wild, that live on or around the farm. It is not so much a story book, having no plot to speak of but rather it is a collection of charmingly illustrated descriptions and anecdotes about each of the various animal friends including dogs, horses, cats, pigs, sheep, cows, goats and several woodland dwellers as well. Each has a unique personality and niche within the scheme of things at the farm. The book has many double page spreads of pictures with simple text, many full single page spreads and lots of pages that have numerous smaller pictures with text describing each of the pictures individually. The text in all cases is brief but descriptive and usually with a droll New England sense of humor that I found irresistible and so did my children. This is a book that we read over and over with a lot of laughter and fun and we never grew tired of it. It was always high on the request list of my boys. It is the kind of book that must be poured over so as not to miss a single one of its delightful details. The language is matter-of-fact and brings the animals to life in a memorable way that catches young attentions quickly. For example here is the text that accompanies a page that has pictures of three different cats. "Eggnog is a Siamese cat. She is very, very old and she is never warm enough. Eggnog has a sweet nature, though she throws up a lot and hates to go out-of-doors. She is cross-eyed and has a lumpy tail. Willow is Eggnog's niece. Her father's name was Potato Who Disappeared. Willow has beautiful eyes and an elegant tail, but she is not interesting. She doesn't play. She doesn't like to fight. Gooseberry was named for the color of her eyes. She was a playful stray kitten who grew up to be a good gray cat. Now she has kittens of her own to play with. And then there is...MAX." Tra-la-la-la-lah....We are reading about the nice kitties and everything is sweet and charming but when we turn the page we see a double page spread of a HUGE cat with his paw covering what looks like it might be a mole. The text says, "Max is Gooseberry's son. Max is BIG. He is still very young. He has a tiny, high voice and he likes cottage cheese. Max and Gooseberry are always spitting at each other, as you will see, but Max likes children and he likes to play. Max can be scratchy. You have to be careful when you play with him. He is not very clever with his claws. Max is clever enough to catch mice and rabbits and squirrels. It is not a pretty sight. He leaves gifts of guts and tails and chipmunk heads on the doorstep. Not a pretty sight either. But, then, no cats are vegetarians. It's not in their nature." This is an example of how the text can be quite realistic yet have an undercurrent of humor. My kids loved it when I would pause, grimace and look at them and say, "It is not a pretty sight." Sometimes they would say it with me for the joy of it! The next two pages are a double page spread that displays 24 separate vignettes of the vari
kcollett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still love this book about the beloved animals and circle of life on a farm. Our copy is well worn to the point of falling apart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago