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The Christmas Barn

"An affectionate, informative, and thoroughly moving holiday tale." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"A homemade, homey Christmas story for animal lovers." -Kirkus Reviews

This new Christmas story from the creators of the New York Times-bestselling book The SheepOver will warm your heart this holiday season!

When the Old Pine Tree cracks and falls after an autumn storm, Farmer John knows just what to do. He will give the farm animals a very special present for Christmas. He draws up a plan, and piece by piece, a structure is built, while the farm animals--sheep, dogs, chickens, geese, ducks, and some alpacas--look on in wonder at what it will be!

Join all the animals on Moonrise Farm as they watch Farmer John prepare his Christmas gift for them!

In this photographic picture book, the authors of the Sweet Pea & Friends series reveal how they transformed a 150-year-old tree felled by lightning into a barn as a Christmas gift for the animals on their Vermont farm. The heartwarming chronicle includes age-appropriate, often onomatopoeically rendered details, as the tree is chopped into logs and milled into boards ("Whir, whir, risp, rasp") that are used for the structure's frame, walls, roof, and doors. The indisputable stars of the book are the handsome animals themselves, each introduced by name and all clearly beloved family members-many will be familiar to readers of the Churchmans' other books. Seen in crisp, closely focused pictures, they watch over the construction with palpable friendliness and curiosity ("What can it be? What can it be?"). Perhaps most endearing are the stately alpacas, one of whom, aptly named Joy, gives birth after the animals are ushered into their new home just before Christmas. An affectionate, informative, and thoroughly moving holiday tale.

– Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

A homemade, homey Christmas story for animal lovers.

– Kirkus Reviews