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.
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.
The illustrations are nice, but photographs would seem to be a better match for this particular story.
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.
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.
This is a picture book about a family living on a farm.
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.
7 to 9
3 to 8
Read with 5-year-old child.
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).