on December 28, 2001
Not only does this slender volume have the best title of the year, it also can boast wonderful photographs by Valerie Shaff and charming verses to match the photos by Roy Blount, jr.
Here are dozens of farmyard animals: chickens, cows, horses, mice, etc. and to complement these first class black and white photographs, short, smart quotes from the animals, themselves. In other words, we are let into the animals' thoughts via Blount.
One of my favorites is a calf with markings very much like a calico cat telling us, "My politics are simple: I feel/Strongly about one issue: veal..." The lamb, on the other hand, looking exactly as if he just escaped from F.A.O. Schwartz lets us know, "You will never know fully,/What it means to be woolly."
Both children and adults will find enjoyment in this lovely book.