This short and cheerful book for children introduces young
Sophie who is off to MEET ME AT THE FARMERS' MARKET with
her mom. They go every week and this book with bright
illustrations by Paula S Wallace shows us what they find.
Sophie meets friends regularly and they chat, buy treats,
see dogs and musicians, and have fun buying fruit,
vegetables and eggs. I like that all this occurs in the
open air as compared to a mall, but the city is in the
background. The point of the trip is to have an experience
and buy foods, rather than to acquire goods. The fresh food
changes with the seasons and a few examples are given. This
will make children think about how and where food is grown,
and they can see that it does not just appear in the shops
in plastic containers. I would have liked more crafts such
as lavender sachets and honey.
This would be a good starting point for a class exercise to
read the book, write about a trip and compare the two. For
instance, some farmers' markets do not allow dogs except
service dogs, so that would be a point of difference to
Sophie's day. This lively account MEET ME AT THE FARMERS'
MARKET by Lisa Pelto will be enjoyed by kids from four up