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Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm
Contributor(s): Nolen, Jerdine (Author), Buehner, Mark (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0688078877     ISBN-13: 9780688078874
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 1994
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Annotation: Harvey Potter was a farmer, but he didn't farm like most farmers. He farmed a genuine, U.S. Government Inspected Balloon Farm. This enchanting original tall tale--told in the great tradition of summer nights and front porch yarns--is filled with wonderful impossibilities and magical imagination. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life
Dewey: E
LCCN: 91038129
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: PreK-3
Lexile Measure: 630 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.41" H x 8.83" W x 11.31" L (0.85 lbs) 32 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Awards: Nevada Young Readers' Award, Winner, Picture Book, 1997
Kentucky Bluegrass Award, Winner, Grades K-3, 1996
Black-Eyed Susan Award, Winner, Picture Book, 1995
Grand Canyon Reader Award, Winner, Picture Book, 1998
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Winner, Picture Book, 1997
Review Citations: School Library Journal 05/01/1994 pg. 102
Booklist 04/15/1994 pg. 1541
Publishers Weekly 04/11/1994 pg. 65
Kirkus Review - Children 03/15/1994 pg. 401
ALA Notable Children's Books 04/01/1995 pg. 1409
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/1994 pg. 285 - Superior,Well Above Average
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 11366
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Publisher Description:

Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer, but he didn't farm like my daddy did. He farmed a genuine, U.S. Government Inspected Balloon Farm.

So begins this enchanting original tall tale. Set in the rural south and populated with a truly unforgettable cast of characters--including, if you look very carefully, a rabbit, a Tyrannosaurus rex, a cat, a chicken, a cow, and a pig hidden in each remarkable illustration--this is a book that is filled with wonderful impossibilities and magical imagination. Told in the great tradition of summer nights and front porch yarns, Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm will lift your spirit right off the ground, just as it does Harvey Potter.

Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer but not like any farmer you've ever met. He didn't grow corn, okra, or tomatoes. Harvey Potter grew balloons. No one knew exactly how he did it, but with the help of the light of a full moon, one friendly child catches a peek of just how Harvey Potter does it. And keeps some magic for herself.

This is the best sort of fantasy imaginative, inventive, and believable. Harvey Potter is a wonder he's the owner of a genuine U.S. Government Inspected Balloon farm. And Nolen's tale about this man, narrated by the African-American girl who learns balloon-farming magic from him, is equally wondrous.... This title should sail onto every library shelf. May Nolen grow a bumper crop of books. School Library Journal.

Downright glorious.Publishers Weekly(starred review)

Contributor Bio(s): Nolen, Jerdine: -

Jerdine Nolen is the author of a diverse range of picture books, from the thoughtful In My Momma's Kitchen to the wildly imaginative Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, which was made into a TV movie. Jerdine Nolen lives with her children in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Buehner, Mark: -

Marl Buehner has six little pilgrims of his own in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lives with his wife, Caralyn, and their children: Heidi, Grant, Sarah, Samuel, Laura, and Jake. Mark has illustrated many wonderful children's books, including I Am the Cat by Alice Schertle and Harvy Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen.

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