The Animal Hedge

The Animal Hedge Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman s testament to vision passion and destiny is beautifully complemented by folk art inspired paintings by the virtuoso Bagram Ibatoulline There once lived a farmer who

  • Title: The Animal Hedge
  • Author: Paul Fleischman Bagram Ibatoulline
  • ISBN: 9780763616069
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman s testament to vision, passion, and destiny is beautifully complemented by folk art inspired paintings by the virtuoso Bagram Ibatoulline.There once lived a farmer whose heart glowed like a hot wood stove with the love of animals No one loved animals than the farmer All day long, he and his three sons toiled on the farm, singing whilNewbery Medalist Paul Fleischman s testament to vision, passion, and destiny is beautifully complemented by folk art inspired paintings by the virtuoso Bagram Ibatoulline.There once lived a farmer whose heart glowed like a hot wood stove with the love of animals No one loved animals than the farmer All day long, he and his three sons toiled on the farm, singing while they worked The eldest son favored coachman s songs the second son, songs of the sea the youngest son, tunes about a traveling fiddler and the farmer, always, songs of the barnyard But when a terrible drought befalls the land, the farmer must sell his livestock and move to a tiny cottage with only a hedge around it Though he is heartbroken to lose his animals, he and his sons soon discover something remarkable about their hedge and something unique about each person who trims its branches.

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    • Paul Fleischman Bagram Ibatoulline

      Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California The son of well known children s novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father s books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written This experience continued throughout his childhood Paul followed in his father s footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released the book Graven Images , which was awarded a Newbery Honor citation In 1988, Paul Fleischman came out with Joyful Noise Poems for Two Voices , an unusually unique collection of poetry from the perspective of insects This book was awarded the 1989 John Newbery Medal Factoring in Sid Fleischman s win of the John Newbery Medal in 1987 for his book The Whipping Boy , Paul and Sid Fleischman became to this day the only father and son authors to both win the John Newbery Medal.



    375 thoughts on “The Animal Hedge

    • Wow. Ok, it's a fairy tale with some interesting logical gaps, but the key plot-lines and themes are authentic and beautiful. And the art is wonderful, with each character being so individual, and aging accurately as time passes. The art looks so much like traditional, I'd swear it was painted on wood, not canvas. Highly recommended.


    • This was a story about a farmer and his three sons. They planted crops one year but no rain came so nothing grew. Because of this, the father had to sell his precious farm animals. One day the rain finally came and the bushes in the front yard were so long that the farmer had to cut them. He began cutting them into the shapes of his missing animals. One day, he farmers three sons came and brought him the animals he had missed so much and his life was complete.This is a really cute story and I lo [...]


    • I would have given this book five stars for the illustrations alone, but the story is almost as good as the remarkable artwork. A five-star book that I am adding to my "need to buy" list.


    • A sweet story about following your heart and being kind to others. I especially loved the warm folk-artsy illustrations.


    • Book includes three sons who have three interests that take them to their life's work. Similar to Anansi's sons. or the 7 Chinese Brothers.Also, about how, when they became impoverished, the dad sent the sons away, like the mother of the Three Pigs.Also, includes the great love the sons had for their dad.And I like that they all sang while they worked.


    • A simple, beautiful story about listening to your gut and finding your calling accompanied by folk art-inspired illustrations.


    • I love this story. It's no coincidence that Paul came and sat down beside me as I started reading it and, as a result, I had MY three sons with me as I read. Love


    • The Animal Hedge is about a farmer’s and his family’s struggle through a tough time in their lives. The book starts out telling the audience about how much this farmer cares for his farm. There was a drought in the land, which caused the family to exhaust their reserve of food. However, this was not enough, so the farmer had to sell his farm. He moved his family to a small cottage for survival. After a while, the rain came again, but the farmer no longer had a farm to tend to, only the land [...]


    • Most impressed with the artistry of Bagram Ibatoulline, I've recently read many books with his lush illustrations. He is one of my favorite artists.In this book, his illustrations are inspired by American Folk Art. The tale is one wherein a farmer loves his animals. He is happy farming his land and tending his goats, chickens, pigs and other creatures. When a severe lack of rain occurs, he looses his farm. He and his three sons find a small plot of land, but there is no money to buy animals nor [...]


    • This is a beautiful story about following your heart. A farmer has three sons and a barnyard full of animals. He loves the animals with all his heart and taking care of them is his greatest joy. But times get tough and he has to sell the animals and the farm. He and his sons move to a small house with a hedge all around it. Soon though this family sees magic in these hedges, as they are able to clip it and shape into their hearts' desires. Readers who enjoyed The Night Gardener by the Fan Brothe [...]


    • This is an odd book but we enjoyed it. If you want a book that has a perfect story arc, this is it. The stage is set with the introduction of the farmer and his three sons (later talk about the foreshadowing). Then the conflict occurs, the climax, and the resolution. There is a part of the book that is so fantastic (i.e unrealistic) that it bugged me at first, but then the way it was resolved was so neat that I loved it in the end. The illustrations are quite folksy. I love the use of color. Ove [...]


    • A bit of fantasy, a bit of formulaic sappiness, and a lot of hedge-carving make up this fun story of a mythical farmer and his sons. The artwork carries the story along even through the more predictable parts and ends with the sons honoring their father and his true love. It may inspire some hedge trimming or at least a trip to formal gardens to see some real animal hedges, like maybe Longwood Gardens perhaps.


    • This beautifully illustrated book is especially relevant in a farming community, though its message could work anywhere. A farmer who truly loves his animals has to give them up because of a horrible drought. He moves to a little cottage with nothing but some hedges around it. However, the shapes of the hedges inspire him and his three sons and help them find new paths in life.


    • I picked up this book purely by merit of its beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed the story of wise parental direction-even during hard times- followed by wise loving children who have grown through their trials.



    • Wonderful and surprising read. I may have enjoyed it more than my toddler. I was certainly inspired by the story as well as the excellent artwork. A superb pair!



    • Beautiful folk art with an inspiring story. A father helps his sons choose their vocations. This story also shows a range of emotions. I highly recommend it!


    • This is a darling picture book with a lovely message of how what parents give to the children in the form of inspiration comes back to bless them. Very heartwarming!



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