The Hundred-Year Barn
One hundred years ago, a little boy watched his family and community come together to build a grand red barn. This barn become his refuge and home—a place to play with friends and farm animals alike.
As seasons passed, the barn weathered many storms. The boy left and returned a young man, to help on the farm and to care for the barn again. The barn has stood for one hundred years, and it will stand for a hundred more: a symbol of peace, stability, caring and community.
In this joyful celebration generations of family and their tender connection to the barn, Newbery Medal–winning author Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Kenard Pak spin a tender and timeless story about the simple moments that make up a lifetime.
This beautiful picture book is perfect for young children who are curious about history and farm life.
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.