Local Farm Immortalized

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Assistant Principal Alan Lewis immortalizes his 1950's family farm in new children's book aptly named, "I Grew Up On A Farm." Restored B&W photos anchor the full color art exquisitively painted by Bob Fletcher.

Believing he had a story that needed to be told, Alan Lewis decided to write a children’s book about his childhood growing up on a farm. With the ever-increasing numbers of houses being built in place of the farms that used to fill the landscape, Lewis felt something of that past way of life – the life of the American farmer – needed to be preserved for future generations. Lewis wrote the text and artist Bob Fletcher took Alan’s black and white family photos and expanded them into full-color pastel illustrations. This unique technique vividly brings to life summer days spent fishing and searching for snakes and winter afternoon spent sledding and building snowmen. I Grew Up On A Farm, the result of this collaboration, is being published by Moo Press of Warwick, NY.

Hudson Valley Magazine says “ Treat your youngsters to a glimpse of a rapidly vanishing slice of Valley life by giving them a copy of I Grew Up On A Farm.” And Maine Organic Farmer comments that “this gentle, humorous, beautifully crafted book is perfect for parents to read to young children….[Lewis’s] book conveys perfectly the lasting love for the land that he learned as a child.”

Alan Lewis grew up on a small farm just outside Middletown, New York. In the late 1940s and 50s, many men returning home from World War II turned to farming, as did Alan’s father. The Lewis Poultry Farm primarily raised chickens and sold eggs, but they also raised livestock and had a vegetable garden which made the farm almost self-sufficient. Alan developed a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for nature at an early age that has carried him through all of his life.

After college, Alan returned to the area to live and work. One warm, sunny morning as he drove to work, Alan thought, "The farm is gone, but I can still remember what it looked like." Inspired by his desire to share his experiences with others, he began to write about them. After several years of sorting photos, making sketches, and rewriting his stories, Alan is proud to share his book, I Grew Up On A Farm, with students, parents and educators world-wide.

Bob Fletchers’s illustrations have appeared in numerous books and countless magazines over his award-winning career. Most recently, Bob was the recipient of the Independent Publisher’s Award and the Odom Heritage Award for his work on Remembrance: A Tribute to American’s Veterans (Iron Mountain Press 2003).

To request a press kit or a visit from Alan Lewis or Bob Fletcher, to order I Grew Up On Farm, or to view the Teacher’s Guide please visit http://www.MooPress.com or contact Diane Tinney at dtinney@MooPress.com.

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