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Tuttle's Red Barn: The Story of America's Oldest Family Farm / Richard Michelson, ill. Mary Azarian

 


Title:  Tuttle's Red Barn: The Story of America's Oldest Family Farm
Author:   Richard Michelson
Illustrator:  Mary Azarian
Publisher:   G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN:   978-0-399-24354-7
Year:  2007
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 4.8

Concepts:  Human resources, natural resources, entrepreneurs, economic history

Review:  This interesting and informative book traces the development of today's oldest continuing family farm in the United States.  The story begins with John Tuttle, who left England for the "New England" in 1632 and settled in Dover, New Hampshire.   At the time, Dover consisted of about twenty cabins, the largest settlement in New Hampshire.  John built his own cabin on the same land where the Tuttle farm stands today. 

The next eleven generations of children and their children remained on this farm, cultivating the land, raising livestock, and selling farm products.  Over the years, the small cabin was rebuilt into a larger farmhouse with a barn.  Later, the family transformed the barn into a farm store that sold fresh fruits and vegetables, hand-spun wool, hand-dipped candles, home-made butter, and fresh maple syrup.  Today this farm store is a 9,000 square foot building with an adjacent nursery that serves more than 1000 customers every day.

Review by:  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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