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Hey, hey, hay! : a tale of bales and the machines that make them / by Christy Mihaly ; illustrated by Joe Cepeda.
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9780823436668
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2018.

©2018
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
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A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with fabulous art by Joe Cepeda, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship. Back matter includes a glossary.
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Mower blades slice through the grass./A new row falls with every pass./Next we spread the grass to dry./The tedder makes those grasses fly!

A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with fabulous art by JOE CEPEDA, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship. Back matter includes a glossary.


Author Notes

CHRISTY MIHALY writes articles, stories, essays, and poems for children. Her juvenile nonfiction books have been published by Focus, Rosen, and National Geographic Kids .

JOE CEPEDA, recipient of a Pura Belpré honor, has illustrated many books for young people including ¡Vámonos! Let's Go! by RENE COLATO LAINEZ and Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by KAREN DEANS. He both wrote and illustrated the I Like to Read® title Up.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This nostalgic, rhyming ode to baling hay is narrated by a girl whose broad grin makes clear her love for farm life. As she feeds a horse in winter, she recounts "the tale/ of storing summer in a bale./ Every June, when grass turns green,/ our hayfield makes a pretty scene." In Cepeda's sophisticated art, the girl trades her barn coat for overalls and details how she and her mother mow with a red tractor and "Run the tedder through/ to fluff the grass and dry the dew." After a break to let the hay dry, they roll out their blue baler and then store the bales in the barn. Tool and truck enthusiasts will enjoy the descriptive content (Mihaly includes an end list of "haymaking words"). Cepeda uses thick painterly layers to capture the beauty and brilliance of summer fields and changing skies. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.