The story of Tuttle’s Red Barn is the story of America. John Tuttle arrived in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1632 with only his father’s ax and the two pewter candleholders his mother had given him after they’d hugged good-bye. But from that humble beginning he built the farm that, today, still stands on the same land. A fascinating look at America as seen through the eyes of one family. Tuttle’s Red Barn is a must read for anyone who appreciates the story of our country.
- Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book 2007
- South Dakota Children’s Book Award Master List
- Dover Reads: A Community Wide Reading Project
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…a flawless work-recommended for both home and school reading.
—Kirkus Review Starred review
Michelson (Too Young for Yiddish) and Caldecott Medalist Azarian (Snowflake Bentley) salute 12 generations of Tuttles from Dover, N.H., operators of the longest continuously running family farm in the country … Azarian’s hand-crafted aesthetic enhances the story’s warmth and humanity, while the sophisticated tints and bold outlines intensify the unalloyed beauty, reassuring rhythms and beguiling fecundity of rural farm life.
—Publishers Weekly Starred review
…For the children who read this story, Grayson’s pride in his heritage may reflect or encourage their own. Where does our family come from? How long have we lived in this place? What are our family treasures? What do we value? It may lead them to a sense of identity…This is a simple story, but not so simple to tell. How does a writer cover 400 years of history and 12 generations in 32 pages? I’m telling you, it takes a poet. Michelson is, in fact, an award-winning poet. ..who knows a thing or two about moving readers with words…”Tuttle’s Red Barn” tells the history of a family, a place and a nation. It’s a tour de force. That’s French for wicked good book.
—Rebecca Rule, The Heart of New England