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Summary: Meet Opa and Oma (German for grandparents). For more than 50 years they have lived on a farm in Minnesota. Our narrator tells us about their life on the farm and their roles in raising their seven children. This is a picture book about a family living on a farm.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child sat through this book patiently, all the while playing with Oma Finds a Miracle, the book s/he was much more interested in reading. The only feedback we got was "yes" (nothing else) when we asked if s/he liked this book.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story has great potential as a picture book that introduces kids to farm life. It was a bit stilted at times, like when the author talked about "[Oma] loves the home" as though it was a detached part of her existence. It reminded us of some of the early reading stuff we grew up with in the 1950s.
Pros: The story offers families opportunities to talk about life on a farm, and gives new readers the opportunity to practice their reading with a book that has no more than three sentences per page.
Cons: The illustrations are nice, but photographs would seem to be a better match for this particular story.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book for preschoolers to learn about life on the farm, and it's also good for new readers to practice their skills (particularly for basic sight words).
Educational Themes: Although the title suggests that this is about two people, the story is more about life on a farm, and the book is rich with information you can use to read more about (or better yet explore) farms. You might even want to try becoming a backyard farmer and growing your own food.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, society and culture, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2007
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