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[Monday Reading] A Series Of Wordless Tales Featuring Unlikely Friendships

The Farmer Series by Marla Frazee.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Myra here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). 

Our July – September 2021 reading theme:

Binge-Read: Book Series Marathon

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We are on the look-out for books that fit the following deliberately-nebulous criteria:

  1. Books that are part of an ongoing series
  2. Themed stories: books that are technically not part of a series, but fit a specific theme – e.g. intergenerational stories, nature-themed stories
  3. Short story collections
  4. Narratives of a similar genre 
  5. Stories written by same author

The Farmer And The Clown (Book 1) [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Published by Beach Lane Books (2014)
ISBN: 9781442497443 (ISBN10: 1442497440). Literary Awards: Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee, Primary (2016), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Picture Book (2015),NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor Book (2015). Borrowed from Maktaba Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

The Farmer And The Monkey (Book 2) [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Published by Beach Lane Books (2020)
ISBN: 9781534446199 (ISBN10: 1534446192). Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

The Farmer And The Circus (Book 3) [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Published by Beach Lane Books (2021)
ISBN: 9781534446212 (ISBN10: 1534446214). Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

I recall reading the first book in the The Farmer series when it first came out in 2014 and being smitten by the unlikely friendship between the reclusive old man and the white-faced baby clown accidentally thrown off a circus cart while in-between places.

From “The Farmer And The Clown.”

I see now that it took Marla Frazee a good six years before following it through with the The Farmer And The Monkey which was cleverly alluded to towards the end of the first book. Whereas the baby clown’s falling off was happenstance, the monkey’s deliberately being left behind was … more premeditated, assuming that monkeys can do premeditation.

From “The Farmer And The Monkey.”

It is evident that the old man was somewhat dejected being left behind by the charming baby clown; and the red-crowned-monkey was an unruly, downright-more-mischievous, quite unexpected and slightly-unwelcome substitute. But as per usual, what goes around comes right back again (monkey in tow), and the farmer was once more left on his own until the circus comes back again in The Farmer And The Circus – and what a glorious reunion it was.

From “The Farmer And The Circus.”

There is tenderness, warmth, and gentleness that exudes from the pages of this Farmer series. They are quiet comfort visual reads that would be the perfect gift for the young people in your lives.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “[Monday Reading] A Series Of Wordless Tales Featuring Unlikely Friendships

  1. Love the illustrations on these books!


  2. lindabaie

    I’ve only read the first “Farmer” book, need to get the others, too, Myra. I enjoyed your reviews of them.


  3. Completely Full Bookshelf

    These sound like such sweet stories, and I know a lot of people have really enjoyed them! It’s always intriguing to see wordless picture books too. Thanks so much for the great reviews!


  4. Oh, I haven’t read the other books, now I need to find them! Thanks for sharing them!!


  5. I have The Farmer And The Monkey waiting here in my pile. I love these books!


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