Once Upon a Farm

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By Bob Artley

Publisher : Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

Once Upon a Farm

ABOUT Bob Artley

Bob Artley
Bob Artley grew up on his family farm in Hampton, Iowa. After he had become the editorial cartoonist for the Worthington Daily Globe his watercolors and essays of life on the farm evolved into a weekly feature. Since then, his nationally syndicated work has focused on the culture of rural  More...



From the butchering of the pigs in springtime to the plowing of the corn in the summer, Bob Artley describes the sometimes tedious, sometimes enjoyable, aspects of growing up on an American farm. Artley's farm is neither ideal nor outmoded, but simply his world as it was in a particular time and place. His clear (and sometimes poignant) recollections of rural life through the seasons are beautifully captured in the detailed watercolors and line drawings that fill the book. Here is a fascinating and informative account of the past on Artley farm - a past that includes both the smell of new-mown hay and the stench of manure.