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Kids Fiction 214
lovely and simple picture book about a long-standing barn
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
THE HUNDRED-YEAR BARN is an elegant story about not only farming but also family, life, and teamwork. It took about a hundred people working together to build the hundred-year barn when Jack, the narrator, was five years old. His father picked the name because of not only the people it took to build it, but also for how long he hoped it would be standing.

Over the years, a lot has changed around and in the barn with animals and people too. Cousins slept in the barn, and children grew up and got married in the barn to pave the way for new children to run through the barn. Animals use it for shelter, and the owl watches over them. The barn takes loving care to maintain, needing repairs in the spring. As time continues, the barn is still standing proudly.

What I loved: The images are modest but colorful and leave a lot to the imagination, with simply drawn people and animals gracing the pages and matched with the text. The story is lulling, making this a good bedtime story with flowing sentences and soft ideas. Preschoolers and older children are well-suited to this gentle but sweet story of farm life and the lifecycle of a barn/structure. This could start some great discussions about work around barns and the history of homes and buildings.

Final verdict: Lovely, graceful, and filled with people and animals, THE HUNDRED-YEAR BARN is a great story to introduce children to life on a farm and the ways that things can be affected by time. Recommend for anyone looking for a bedtime story with animals, people, and a gently told story.
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