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On the farm, workers pick vegetables, collect eggs, and make cheese. At the market the next day, the workers set up their stands and prepare for shoppers to arrive. Amy, the baker at the Busy Bee Café, has a very special meal in mind-and, of course, all the farmers show up at the café to enjoy the results of their hard work.
This informative book introduces children to both local and urban greenmarkets and paints a warm picture of a strong, interconnected community.
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
"Karas’s signature cartoonish gouache, acrylic, and pencil illustrations wonderfully capture the industrious bustle and hard work of the farmers. . . A wonderfully timely story to read before visiting a farmer’s market or to educate young ones about provenance of local food."—School Library Journal
"Simple but delectable."—Kirkus Reviews
"[An] entertaining and enlightening behind-the-scenes story . . . Gouache, acrylic, and pencil illustrations are rich with the colors of a bountiful harvest, and a cheerful camaraderie shines throughout."—The Horn Book
"Karas creates inviting and carefully detailed scenes that evoke a tight-knit community, from the friendly interactions at the market to the children learning the ropes at each farm, as the process of training a new generation of growers and artisans gets underway."—Publishers Weekly
“Karas' pencil drawings, colored with gouache and acrylics, add intriguing detail. This inventive look at maritime history has significant modern child appeal.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Whale Trails, Before and Now
“Children will enjoy watching this amiable crew balancing work and play as the year cycles through the seasons. . . Great for kids fascinated by outdoor workers, this picture book offers a welcome change of pace from more basic volumes on trucks.” —Booklist on The Village Garage
“Sunny, energetic artwork makes life and work in this village feel joyous and rewarding. Inspired readers might head straight outside to their own yards, ready to weed the garden or rake leaves.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Village Garage