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Breakfast ham pop-pops, cows moo as they're being milked, girls feed clucking hens, and boys split wood--whack! When chores are done, rockers squeak, and kids read and play games while Grandma's knitting needles click and the clock ticks. Jim Aylesworth uses rhythms that are reminiscent of reel music, rhyme, and onomatopoeia to write about a day in the life of a farm family. To illustrate this joyful text, Brad Sneed draws inspiration from the American regionalism art movement and creates figures that are earthy, yet elegant and heroic. This book is a celebration of work, play, family, food and farm life!
About the Author
Poet and award-winning author of more than thirty books for children, Jim Aylesworth was inspired to write Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo by his beloved Hickory Lawn Farm, which has been in his family since the 1840s. "There was no mill, but some of the scenes are directly from childhood memories, like that pump in the kitchen sink. I'm old enough to remember that myself. And the clock still ticks and the stairs still creak and we still have chickens." Jim Aylesworth lives in Chicago, Illinois. His website is www.ayles.com.
Brad Sneed has illustrated more than twenty books for children. Awards include a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year and a Kansas Notable Book. Born, raised, and currently residing in Kansas, he has long admired regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton, whose influence can be seen in Sneed's work. Mr. Sneed shows sketches and reveals interesting information about his creative process for this book in his blog, http://bradsneed.com/blog/news.