Poet Alice Schertle takes us through the creative process of writing by inviting us to look at
farm life through the eyes of a young girl as she writes poems. The girl begins her day writing ("on this/clean/white
page/I'll scatter some words/and watch them grow.") while sitting at a desk in the barn with pad, pencil, and a computer
The poems in between the first and last are poems about the farm life such as the "Calling the Sun"
in which ("says a rooster's ready and the sun/may rise") to a "Scarecrow" who ("saw the rising moon/...observed with
more than painted-on surprise/a black snake flow like water down a hole,") to the grazing sheep that ("start moving off/across
the meadow/and all/the others follow,/just like sheep.").
Schertle concludes with "Writing Past Midnight" with touches of personification: ("spider
webs anchor the edge of my desk to the floor/a small gray verse runs squeaking down one of the rafters/just as the moon floats
in through the double barn door.").
Illustrator Wendell Minor has added his own little touches of the writing process to each of
the realistic watercolor pictures. On the cover, a comical stand-off, between a real-life mouse and a computer
mouse. Inside a pencil and pen just happen to find their way into the scarecrow's overall pockets and a piece of paper,
with the first words of the poems, can be found on just about every page.
Most of the poems are outlined with a gray stripe, opposing it's illustrated picture, which gives
the book a clean and crisp look.