Opa And Oma Together


Meet Opa and Oma (German for grandparents). For more than 50 years they have lived on a farm in Minnesota. Our narrator tells us about their life on the farm and their roles in raising their seven children.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story offers families opportunities to talk about life on a farm, and gives new readers the opportunity to practice their reading with a book that has no more than three sentences per page.

Content Awareness Factors:

The illustrations are nice, but photographs would seem to be a better match for this particular story.

Little Kid Reaction

Our child sat through this book patiently, all the while playing with Oma Finds a Miracle, the book s/he was much more interested in reading. The only feedback we got was "yes" (nothing else) when we asked if s/he liked this book.

Parent Reaction

The story has great potential as a picture book that introduces kids to farm life. It was a bit stilted at times, like when the author talked about "[Oma] loves the home" as though it was a detached part of her existence. It reminded us of some of the early reading stuff we grew up with in the 1950s.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book about a family living on a farm.
Educational Themes:

Although the title suggests that this is about two people, the story is more about life on a farm, and the book is rich with information you can use to read more about (or better yet explore) farms. You might even want to try becoming a backyard farmer and growing your own food.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 5-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a nice book for preschoolers to learn about life on the farm, and it's also good for new readers to practice their skills (particularly for basic sight words).

Title Opa And Oma Together
Author Patrick Mader
Publisher Beaver's Pond Press, Inc. © 2005
Illustrators Andrew Holmquist
ISBN 1592981208
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Family, Family - Grandparents
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