The story is of Paul, a farmer who does his job tenaciously The illustrations are bright, and the story is not overly wordy. First published in French, this picture book features small but interesting illustrations, shapes, and forms laid out against a yellow background There is much detail to notice and lively images the warrant a second look for instance, the double page spread in which the farmer almost seems to be zooming across the page in a cart preceded by his donkey as a rake and bushel follow him The story itself concerns hard working farmer, Paul, who does all the necessary preparation for growing crops while his neighbors seem interested in resting Each page shows a different task and then Paul s watchfulness and joy once his crops begin to thrive But heat and drought threaten them, and the well is dry Although Paul is close to despairing, his friends help him out I liked how the friends turn out to be animals and nature, even the rain, and the final pages with those large, healthy fields are simply love This is a quiet yet effective story of determination Anyone who has grown up on a farm will be able to relate to the hard work and the fact that farmers often must rely on the whims of nature The endpapers feature far tools and equipment, and some readers will like seeing all the little animals popping out of the holes in various scenes. An interesting book with simplistic illustrations A farmer works and works to plant his crops, water them, and tend to them Everything grows, but he runs out of water and everything gets scorched that part hit me hard like What His plants die That is so saaaad Then everything wraps up super fast and his friends bring him water and it rains and it s all okay again It felt like everything got fixed way too quickly But I did like this book illustrations of the colorful houses and crops were nice Wonderful first book on perservirence. A Farmer S Hard Work Is Rewarded In This Eco Friendly And Elegantly Illustrated Picture Book In The Town, Everyone Is Sleeping But Not Paul Paul Mows Paul Rakes Paul Sows Paul Draws Water And Soon Paul Has Beautiful Plants And Flowers Growing All Around Him But One Day, The Water Dries Up The Sun Beats Down Paul Despairs But Thanks To His Animal Friends, And A Bit Of Rain, Help Is On The Way Originally published in French, this import has now been translated into English It tells the simple tale of Paul, the farmer While others rest Paul is hard at work plowing and planting, mowing and raking When a drought hits, however, it seems all his efforts were for naught Friends help and finally his friend, the rain, arrives Soon his small town is surrounded by the results of his labors Simple illustrations emphasize lines, both vertical and horizontal This is a gently sweet story that might tie in with a spring story time. Well this little book will just open your eyes to the world around you Cute Charming story of farmer succeeding with a little help from his friends Orginigally published in French. Delightful I wish the story showed how the farmer was generous with his crop so the payoff would have been satisfying.