It's really just an ordinary barn, home to a horse, cows, sheep, and all the other animals you'd expect to find. But with a little imagination it isn't hard to fill up Benjamin's barn with a flock of pterodactyls, a rhinoceros, a pirate ship, a brass band and even an entire royal family.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-- One rainy spring day, a small boy named Benjamin sets off for his big red barn, where he spends hours with the flesh-and-blood animals of the farm and the exotic creatures of his imagination. Thus, an elephant and a newborn lamb share shelter from the storm, while a rhinoceros and a billy goat cavort in the hay. When sunlight breaks through the clouds and Benjamin's father comes to take him home, all that is left along with the barnyard animals is a princess' golden crown. The rhyming text has a comforting circular flow, well-suited to Benjamin's flight of fancy and subsequent return to reality. Jeffers' lifelike illustrations enhance the theme, lending as much reality to the leathery texture of a pterodactyl's wing as to the downy softness of goose feathers. Literal-minded children may question the undifferentiated juxtapostion of the fantastic with the real, but most will understand an imagination as big and wide as a barn, with room enough for pachyderms and pirates as well as pigeons. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Rhyming text and realistic paintings describe a boy's imaginative journey through his barn. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Puffin Books, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1964953
Book Description Picture Puffins, 1992. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Good. Some minor damage to top corner where pages are a tiny bit rippled ( perhaps water damage ) otherwise in GOOD condition. Bookseller Inventory # 346442bl75
Book Description Puffin Books. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2749224144