A Crowded Ride in the Countryside PDF


A kind farmer picks up way too many passengers on his way to the fair. A rhyming story esigned for new readers.


A Crowded Ride in the Countryside

Written by Frank B. Edwards
Illustrated by John Bianchi

A farmer driving to the county fair encounters a series of hitch-hiking animals. As the truck fills up with pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and a dog, the animals have to help the driver climb a steep hill. Their dramatic arrival at the fair involves a collision with the pie stand. Features rhyming text.

“Farmer, farmer. Going to the fair.

Cows need a ride. Climb on if you dare.”

With so many passengers on board, the farmer has trouble driving up a steep hill until the animals prove they know how to help out.

This rhyming ebook is in PDF format so that teachers and parents can easily use smart phones, computers and projectors to engage young readers.

The $1 price ensures it is easily affordable and that illicit sharing is unnecessary. (After all, the author and illustrator need to buy groceries too.) Please direct other teachers and parents to  Pokeweed’s online store to buy their own copies. Thank you.

The books in this New Reader series are designed to encourage children to take their first tentative steps toward reading.

The series has proven to be very popular with teachers and parents as well as young children who enjoy the experience of learning to read. The books use classic literacy strategies to encourage new readers to learn language skills:

  • Repetition
  • Rhyme
  • Predictability
  • Simple illustration to provide context and clues
  • Simple language
  • Number patterns

Children quickly learn the word and number patterns so they can predict the number of characters who will appear on the following page and the words that develop the simple plots. Bright, colourful illustrations work wonderfully for  literacy instructors and parent who use a “story-talk” approach to engage children with the book.

(What is “story-talk?” Follow this link to watch a video of the author reading AND talking to a child about one of his New Reader books.)

The eBook also includes an illustrated introduction to the author and illustrator, as well as useful links to kids literacy tools.

34 pages. Fully illustrated.
ebook PDF — 9 mg file size
Reading level: Grade one (G)
Interest level by age: preschool to 1

First-time downloader? Check out this advice.


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