Though not written in verse, the narrative is gently poetic; the simple, straightforward prose brims with pleasant consonants and assonants, and, indeed, the rolling, rhythmic text appeals to all the senses. Slower-paced read-alouds will not only reward listeners, but also allow kids to savor the delightful, muted painted images of greenery, farmland, and the barn’s residents. . . Sweet, reassuring, comforting.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Atmospheric spreads and quiet verses combine to form a sedate bedtime lullaby that’s attentive to nature’s daily cycles.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Descriptive and refreshing language enhances young readers’ vocabulary, especially when absorbed alongside the illustrations. . . . Soft lines and careful lighting give the illustrations a sense of calm while guiding readers through a typical summer day.
—School Library Journal
With rhythmic prose, The Barn conveys the passing of time and introduces young readers to the valuable idea of rootedness.