Are you looking for a beautifully illustrated piece of children’s literature? Are you hoping to help the child in your life find beauty in nature and revel in simplicity?
Farm to Film: An Alphabetical Adventure Told Through the Eyes of an Old Lens, by author and illustrator Hannah Miles Pierrou is a wonderful book you can proudly put on your shelf. This mom of three with an exquisite eye for photography has crafted an absolutely breathtaking book that is sure to delight the littles in your life.
Summary of Farm to Film
Farm to Film is the delightful alphabetical journey of a visit to grandpa and grandma’s farm. One day a small child grabs grandpa’s camera and begins snapping photos of life all around the farm.
What do they discover? What is seen through a child’s eyes? These are the questions answered in this simple rhythmic story.
The reader is transported throughout the farm, as they are watching and observing sights all around them. From animals to vehicles, food to treasures, all of it is captured through the lens of the little camera held in the hands of a small child. Simultaneously the reader travels through the 26 letters that make up the alphabet.
Farm to Film is full of watercolor illustrations that are simple, yet timeless. Each picture captures the reader’s attention making you want to linger on the page a little longer. It is simple enough that it allows for imagination and further reflection as the reader moves through the pages of the book. This provides an opportunity for children to reflect on additional sights and sounds they may experience on a trip to a farm.
Why You Should Get a Copy of Farm to Film
Finding quality children’s literature that is simple and classic can be a challenge for caretakers of children. We look for books that not only delight the senses but also allow for deep reflection while teaching.
Farm to Film is a delight to the senses as it causes little readers to stop and think about the world they interact with. This book steps into the perspective of what you can see if you look through the lens of a camera. It highlights the things children would be interested in looking at. It focuses on items on a farm at a kid’s eye level–wildlife, chores, or tools needed to keep the farm running.
Farm to Film allows for reflection of what we see. This book forces the reader to pause and think. Questions can be asked about “Have you ever seen_____________?” This allows for further discussion and interaction. This book also highlights the curiosity of nature, especially at young ages. For example, “How would grandma milk a goat?” ” Or, why is grandpa’s tractor no longer working?” It leaves room for imagination, storytelling, and creativity which are so important to the development of children.
Finally, Farm to Film has the added bonus of teaching. Not only does it delight the senses and tap into curiosity, but this book also teaches kids the alphabet in a whimsical and sometimes humorous way. It brings in science and nature which kids are often intrigued with. This book allows for parents to talk about the alphabet, but also the sounds these letters make and words that begin with these sounds in everyday life. This is a win for connection with learning and real-life application.
As an educator of children, and a lover of children’s literature, I can not recommend Farm to Film enough for your home or school setting. This book would make a thoughtful and wonderful gift for the child in your life.
You will not be disappointed by these beautifully crafted pictures and a quiet, rhythmic journey around Grandpa and Grandma’s farm. You will struggle to put down the camera lens after reading this book, as it feels you have been transported to a place of simplicity, awe, and wonder. Kids and adults alike will be delighted by this thoughtfully crafted piece of art. It is indeed time well spent.
You can find Hannah Miles Pierrou’s beautiful book Farm to Film here for purchase.