The Hundred-Year Barn

By: Patricia MacLachlan

Illustrator: Kenard Pak

In 1919, this barn was built
by townspeople, family, and friends.
It has stood for a hundred years
and will stand for a hundred more.
The barn is a symbol of peace
and stability
and caring
and community.


A little boy watches his family and community come together to build a grand red barn. This barn becomes his refuge and home—a place to play with friends and farm animals alike. The boy leaves and returns as a young man to help on the farm and to care for the barn again. In this joyful celebration of 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.

Full-color illustrations created with watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink, and digital media.

ISBN: 9780062687739

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Barns , Construction (building) , Family life , Community , Neighbors , Farm life

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MacLachlan’s gift for portraying bucolic bliss returns in this account of a 1919 barn raising and the narrator’s experiences with the building as years pass. When Jack is five, his community gathers for the framing, building, raising, and painting of what his father dubs the Hundred-Year Barn. Meanwhile, youngsters play in a stream, chow down a MacLachlan’s gift for portraying bucolic bliss returns in this account of a 1919 barn raising and the narrator’s experiences with the building as years pass. When Jack is five, his community gathers for the framing, building, raising, and painting of what his father dubs the Hundred-Year Barn. Meanwhile, youngsters play in a stream, chow down at celebration feasts, and share scary story at sleepovers in the barn. The narrator ages, assuming tasks of responsibility for the structure and its residents. Sweeping the barn as an adult, Jack discovers a fallen nest containing the wedding ring his father lost during the barn build. Pak applies gouache, pencil, ink, and digital media for folksy illustrations that offer warm gold overtones, and complement the narrator’s ever-red cap. Fox, possum, cat, dog, and mouse each meander into the story with winsome expressions, adding to the serene mood. This story’s poetry and pace are mellow, ideal for a quiet time.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062687739

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Barns, Construction (building), Family life, Community, Neighbors, Farm life,

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