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As well as being an author David is also a professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. Holly Meade (1956-2013) wrote and illustrated IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR. She earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in HUSH! A THAI LULLABY by Minfong Ho. She also illustrated AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner; ON THE FARM, IN THE WILD, and IN THE SEA by David Elliott; and many others.
From an alluring cover with a rooster in full crow to its concluding, gently ironic ode to the silence of rabbits, this book will make an unusually interesting choice for farm-animal storytimes.--The Horn Book (starred review) Handsome...From toddlers to the youngest poets, children will delight in the fun and beauty on display here.--Booklist (starred review) Meade's beautiful, color woodblock prints that superbly reflect the mood and action in the poetry.--School Library Journal Energetic woodcuts accompany playfully simple poems as they give young readers an engaging tour of the barnyard...a worthwhile addition.--Kirkus Reviews [The text is] pithy and crisply rhymed, making for easy reading and listening...Meade's watercolored woodblock illustrations are elegant yet homely, cheerfully depicting the unpolished charm of a well-filled pigpen.--BCCB Like the vibrant rooster on this oversize book's jacket, Meade's colored woodcut prints are so bold they seem to crow at the reader.--Publishers Weekly Elliott's verses capture a reverence for animals unfamiliar to cityfolk, and Meade's watercolor and woodcut illustrations...are serene and beautiful.--BookPage Brings the entire barnyard to life.--Playthings David Elliott s short snappy rhymes pair perfectly with Holly Meade's energetic woodcut watercolor illustrations.--Antelope Valley Press The woodblock prints and watercolors...are detailed and enchanting.--The Capital Times An enchantingly illustrated poetic ode to barnyard life.--Midwest Book Review This is one picture book that your preschooler will want read over and over again.--Eclectic Homeschool Online Simple and lyrical.--Central Coast Freelance David Elliott's graceful, simple verse and Holly Meade's exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations capture a world that is at once timeless yet disappearing from view -- the world of the family farm.--Anokaberry blog Pleasingly simple yet verbally sophisticated verses...large, delightfully bold, animated woodcuts...begs to be read aloud.--SLJ's Curriculum Connections Deliciously old-fashioned.--Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens 2009 A delightful collection of poems that are funny, beautifully descriptive, and perfect for reading out loud.--Through the Looking Glass Reviews