Story County…The Book by Derek Anderson, not the Place in Iowa

Story County by Derek Anderson; ages 3-6, Orchard Books, $16.99

“Once upon a time…there were five friends. Together they made a wonderful farm.” So says Chicken, who is one of the five friends in Story County by Derek Anderson. Farmer and Dog are waiting for Chicken, Cow and Pig to help Farmer build his farm. Starting with a blank page, you watch them frame the barn, paint it, prepare the fields, plant the crops and paint the sky — all before going to bed, when they hear Chicken’s wonderful story about their adventure.

Adults and kids alike will get a kick out of Story County, especially the illustrations. Cow makes a scarecrow that’s a hoot (you have see it for yourself), and seeing the animals plant full-grown corn plants might make you and your little ones laugh out loud (and be sure to check out some of the other “crops” that they have in boxes)! You can play “what’s missing?” with your little one when you get to the page where the animals realize they haven’t yet made the sky.  A great story that brings more to it with each reading!

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