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The Resource The animal hedge, Paul Fleischman ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

The animal hedge, Paul Fleischman ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Label
The animal hedge
Title
The animal hedge
Statement of responsibility
Paul Fleischman ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After being forced to sell the animals he loves, a farmer cuts his hedge to look like them and teaches his sons about following their hearts
Review
  • K-Gr. 3. Lush paintings reminiscent of nineteenth-century folk art illustrate this original tale about discovering one’s true calling. When a drought forces a farmer to sell his land and animals, he moves with his three sons to a cottage with a hedge that, when clipped, seems to turn into animal shapes. As his sons grow old enough to seek a trade, the farmer encourages each to turn to the “magic” hedge for answers. As each trims the hedge, an occupation emerges. Years later, the successful sons return to their father, who admits that the hedge simply mirrored their own hearts. The story’s elements don’t always flow together, and there is some disconnection between the message of self-determination and the quiet paintings, rendered in a flat, decorative style, which portray the hedge as more magical than the text suggests. Children able to make the required leaps, however, will enjoy the mystery in the miraculous hedge and its soothsaying shapes. -- Gillian Engberg (BookList, 09-15-2003, p244)
  • K-Gr 3 –There are no surprises in this gentle story, but there is ample assurance that following the dictates of one's heart is the surest path to personal fulfillment. In classic folkloric tradition, Fleischman tells of a happy farmer and his three sons who sing merrily as they go about their chores. When they fall on hard times, they are forced to sell their livestock and move to a small cottage surrounded by a hedge. While trimming it, the farmer begins to see shapes of animals within it and adjusts his clipping so that they become visible to all. As the boys become old enough to set out into the world, he cuts the hedge down. Each young man watches it grow and trims it, finding the shape of his own dreams: a carriage and team of horses, a sailing vessel, a fiddler playing for dancers. Thus, each is pointed toward his true vocation. In a conclusion that seems as inevitable as it is satisfying, the sons pitch in to buy their father the livestock he needs to return to the animal husbandry that is his soul's delight. Ibatoulline's watercolor-and-gouache illustrations, inspired by 19th-century American folk-art paintings, are the perfect complement to this simple allegory. Simply lovely.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY --Miriam Lang Budin (Reviewed October 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 10, p119)
  • /* Starred Review */ Ibatoulline (Crossing ; The Nightingale ) once again proves his versatility as he here turns to an American folk art style, with splendid results. Fleischman's (Weslandia ) inspiring story, originally published in 1983, follows a father and three sons as they grow conscious of their inner dreams. As the tale opens, Ibatoulline's paintings depict a lush farm filled with contented livestock. His watercolor and gouache illustrations draw on folk-art conventions; flattened figures, moody skies and decorative borders appear to be painted on wooden panels. When a drought forces the family to sell their farm, they move into a cabin and work as tool sharpeners. The father begins to perceive in the surrounding hedge the shapes of the barnyard animals he once cherished ("Part of the hedge seemed to resemble a cow") and trims the hedge to bring them out. Later, when he urges his sons to go "out into the world," and they do not know what vocation to choose, he tells them: "Watch [the hedge] every day... It will send up its answer"—and he's right (Fleischman foreshadows their vocations in the songs they had sung on the farm). "They'd seen in the hedge what lay deep in their hearts and heavy on their minds." Even with Ibatoulline's flattened perspectives, the characters come alive with emotion. The father's eyes crease with contentment as he stands behind the cows and chickens his sons have bought him with their earnings. Ibatoulline's artwork infuses Fleischman's heartwarming story with quiet power. Ages 6-10. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 8, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 36, p76)
  • /* Starred Review */ The versatile Fleischman presents a delightful tale of following one's dreams. A farmer "whose heart glowed like a hot wood stove with the love of animals" loses his land to drought. The grief-stricken farmer finds solace by trimming his hedge in the shape of animals. Each spring his hedge brings forth chicks, calves, and piglets that grow over the summer to adult topiary animals. When the farmer's three sons come of age and need to find trades, they trim the hedge into shapes that reveal their own hearts' desires. Ibatoulline, who seems never to do the same thing twice, offers watercolor-and-gouache illustrations, reminiscent of American folk art complete with crackle, perfectly evoking agricultural contentment. Deceptively simple endpapers and borders complement lavish spreads of the fantastic hedge. Joyous, peaceful, and lovely. (Picture book. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
121114
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fleischman, Paul
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Ibatoulline, Bagram
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Farmers
  • Animals
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Hedges
  • Fathers and sons
Target audience
primary
Label
The animal hedge, Paul Fleischman ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First Candlewick Press edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763616069
Isbn Type
(hd.cov.)
Lccn
2002023751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • ocm49386281
  • OCoLC
Label
The animal hedge, Paul Fleischman ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First Candlewick Press edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763616069
Isbn Type
(hd.cov.)
Lccn
2002023751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • ocm49386281
  • OCoLC

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