Farmers' Market Day Author: Shanda Trent Illustrator: Jane Dippold
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Format: Picture Books

Age Range: 3-7 years

Publication Date: March 2013

BISAC: JUV050000

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover

Retail Price: $12.95

ISBN-13: 9781589251151

ISBN-10: 1-58925-115-6

Dimensions: 10-1/8" x 11-1/8" x 3/8"

It’s Farmers’ Market Day! Follow an enthusiastic (and slightly clumsy) little girl as she searches for the perfect treat. She’ll discover forests of broccoli trees and rainbows of flowers, taste freshly baked breads and pies, cuddle a kitten, and make a bit of a mess! But will she find her prize?

Lexile: AD460

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Farmers’ Market Day


September 1, 2013, Booklist 

Preschool-Grade 2. Big, busy watercolor illustrations, equally suitable for showing to single listeners or to groups, track the progress of an overstimulated young child as she wanders through a large farmers' market. It's fun to watch as she catalogs in rhyme some of the products found there: "A forest--green with broccoli trees, / cucumbers, and pods of peas. / Bushels brim with fruit to eat: / Tomatoes, plums, and peaches--sweet." As stallkeepers look on benevolently (unlikely!), she leaves a trail of knocked-over baskets, uprooted plants, spilled samples, and other chaos behind for her frazzled parents to clean up. They also must carry all their purchases home after she blithely empties the family's little red wagon so she can be pulled home. This will probably spark some comments from adult readers about good behavior, but this tribute to a popular alternative to grocery store shopping earns high marks for exuberance. Peters, John. 32p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2013.

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February 15, 2013, Kirkus Reviews 

A Saturday at the local farmers' market is more fun for a little girl than a carnival. Already dressed to go, with a little yellow purse on her arm, she wakes her parents up very early by shaking her piggy bank. Next thing you know, she's pulling her red wagon through aisles of fresh vegetables and fruits, parents trailing behind (and doing damage control). Sampling the produce is part of the adventure: "Juicy cherries in a bunch, Let's buy a basketful to munch." Next come the flowers, in myriad colors, then the Adopt-A-Pet stand. She'd like a kitten, but Dad starts to sneeze. There are bakery tables and fresh honey from a bee farm ("chewy, sticky, sweet, and runny"). Vendors sell a variety of craft items, from birdhouses to decorated watering cans. She picks one that's just her size, decorated with pink flowers. When she reaches the end of the market, her wagon is full of purchases, and she's very tired. Her parents have to carry her treasures so that she can ride. "Let's bring a friend next Saturday." Trent packs a lot of learning into her simple story, told in bouncy verse and attractively illustrated by Dippold in bright colors. A pleasant adventure that young readers will want to emulate. (Picture book. 3-6). 32pg.

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June 1, 2013, School Library Journal 

PreS-Gr 1. A little girl wakes her parents at the crack of dawn, announcing that it's Saturday (just what every parent wants!). But not only is it Saturday, it is also market day. She has a purse full of change and is ready to spend it on a treat. As the family explores the sights, sounds, and textures of the market, the child rushes from stall to stall, trying to decide what she'll buy. Ice cream? Fruit? A kitten? Finally, and predictably, when she decides, she is satisfied and wiped out-until next week. Rhyming couplets on each page bounce along just like the effervescent youngster. The illustrations are full of color, whimsy, and energy. Young readers have plenty to pore over here-fruits and vegetables to identify, dogs to admire, action to follow. Adults will smile at the little girl's enthusiasm and tornadolike path through the market. This book will be enjoyed whether or not readers have experienced a farmer's market.--Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ. 


We have so enjoyed this sweet story. The illustrations are adorable and funny. My girls like finding all of the silly things that are happening on the pages as a result of the little girl's enthusiasm. Her excitement inspired us to visit our local farmers' market and spend $5 on a pint of raspberries. :)


In this story, Shana Trent captures the excitement and joy shopping at the farmer's market brings to children. With so much to see and do, this slightly clumsy girl flies from one thing to another in search of her perfect treat. Kids will love this zany, rhyming storyline along with the beautiful artwork by Jane Dippold. Lyrical prose and pretty pictures combine to make for a sweet story your child will enjoy.