"Storing Summer in a Bale"

cover of Hey, Hey, Hay!: A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make ThemFresh off the new book cart this week is a book that surprised me – Hey, Hey, Hay: a Tale of Bales and the Machines that Make Them by Christy Mihaly with illustrations by Joe Cepeda.  In rhyming verse, Mihaly tells the story of how hay is harvested.  An entire book on the harvest of hay?  Rhymed?  Featuring a mother and a daughter?  Whoa.  Having watched many a hay harvest on my grandparents’ farm, Mihaly perfectly captures the experience of “storing summer in a bale.”  Whether for reading aloud to a class, or enjoying one-on-one, Hey, Hey, Hay entertains, surprises, and challenges us to see familiar things new.  –Elaine B.