If a picture is worth a thousand words, THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN by Marla Frazee is worth a fortune. In this wordless book, a hard working farmer watches a young clown fall from a circus train passing by his field and hurries over to help. The two unlikely companions form a friendship and, when the train returns to collect its clown, the new friends trade hats as a way to remember each other. Illustrations project the clown's color and energy into the farmer's colorless life. Frazee effectively uses body language and facial expression to convey emotions, capturing the farmer’s transformation from a sober sort of man to someone who has regained his sense of joy.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI