Barn Savers

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Boyds Mills Press, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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The barn is old. The boards are beaten. A hundred years of wind and rain have taken their toll. When you step inside, you can smell the hay and horses. It's a beautiful place, this barn, in its rugged way. But now it's time for the barn to come down. Fortunately, the barn will not be crushed by the blade of a bulldozer. It will be dismantled slowly, piece by piece, by the barn savers. The barn savers, a father and son, take care to save everything--the joists, the rafters, the flooring, the roofing. In this way, the barn will never be gone. Somewhere parts of it may live for another hundred years. This is the hope of the barn savers. Linda Oatman High's story quietly celebrates something beautiful and something old, as a father and son bring down a barn with hard work and respect. Ted Lewin's dramatic illustrations pay homage to the old barn in all its gray and weathered glory.

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User Review  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

This is probably the clearest example of the writing that Linda Oatman High can do. The literary devices that she makes use of overwhelm me. She truly demonstrated mastery of her subject and interwove multiple layers of complexity into the text. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Readers will look upon old barns with new eyes after they encounter this straightforward picture book from High (The Beekeepers, 1998, etc.). A boy and his father learn how to recycle old barns that ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Linda Oatman High,author ofBeekeepersand other books for children, lives in Narvon, Pennsylvania.

Ted Lewinhas illustrated numerous books for children, includingThe Always Prayer Shawl,winner of the National Jewish Book Award, andPepe the Lamplighterby Elise Bartone, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor. Linda Oatman High is an author of books for children, teens, and adults, as well as a songwriter, journalist, playwright, and poet. She wroteA Humble Life: Plain Poems, winner of a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Award, and the picture bookBarn Savers, an NCTE Notable Book and a Booklist Best Book. She lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Ted has illustrated more than one hundred books for children and also wrote an autobiography entitled I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Betsy, who also illustrates children's books.

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