I’ve never lived on a farm before.
Sure, I’ve been on a few jungle treks and mountain climbing exhibitions during my teens (and when my knees were much better.)
But living on a farm? I take it that it’s a completely different experience altogether. And from what I could gather on a subject – sometimes it can feel as though you’re living on a completely different planet – in a good way.
So when Julia’s book Farm Anatomy came out, I was thrilled. Not only was it going to be about life on a farm (imagine – a manual for those who has never lived on a farm, let alone visited one!), but it was to be 100% illustrated entirely by her. That last thought alone almost made me break out in hives of excitement.
Title: Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life by Julia Rothman
Paperback 224 pages
First off: The book is gorgeous.
The paper quality is beautiful, which serves to really bring out the illustrations that Julia has done. I can’t stress how important paper (glossy vs. matte, textured vs. smooth, etc) is in effecting how your illustrations will turn out, and the team at Storey Publishing has managed to do a wonderful job.
Julia’s style is all over the book. And when I say Julia’s style – I mean that you know that it’s her when you flip through it. Her hand-drawn type; the crisp, clean perfectly imperfect lines that has been the hallmark of her work since the very beginning; and the details that accompany each and every one of them. You see it repeated time and again in her patterns and in her illustration work; and needless to say, if you’re a big fan then this book is a must have.
The meat of the book is in the information as well; offering nuggets of information and an informal roadmap into the workings of a farm. Gleaned through years of experience during her time at her husband’s family farm, Julia has come up with an easy-to-read book that has information that I never thought of knowing. Things like milking a cow, or the various different tools that farmers used, and even how a barn is constructed (handy if you ever have the urge to build one). Or what about a rooster’s comb? Did you know that there were THAT many different types? If I’m at a dinner party (where the people are predominantly city folks), I’ll know that information would come useful – random as it may be!
More than just a book for adults, I could see how the book would make a fun farm encyclopedia for kids as well. Unfortunately for them, I’m putting this book on a high shelf for when little people come to visit, that’s for sure.
Or maybe I’ll just get them one for Christmas. I’ll see.
You can get a copy of Julia’s Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life over at Amazon.
Have a wonderful weekend folks!
I’ll catch you back here on Monday with more illustration goodness!
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