In this gentle tale by Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952), farm animals and other creatures are urged to enter the warmth and safety of the big, red barn as winter approaches: “Here is the barn\ Hear the wind rattle\ Open the door\ And see all the cattle.”
The blustery wind urges the horses to seek shelter, and the cooling temperatures drive the field mice from their summer nests. Swallows, bats, chickens, and cats also find their home in the barn. A calf is born in its sanctuary. The farmer names her Winter Moon, thankful that the vulnerable creature was born in the barn and not in the open field.
As the wind howls and snow blankets the world, all is well in the barn.
In artist’s notes, renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney explains that when he was asked to illustrate A Home in the Barn, he found inspiration in Edward Hick’s painting “The Peaceable Kingdom.” Pinkney’s illustrations introduce young children to a place where shalom reigns—all the creatures are warm and safe, satisfied and well; they live in harmony and experience the love of a caring farmer. Ages 3 and up. (HarperCollins)