I grew up on a small farm in New England. It was a farm out of a children’s book, with goats and an apple orchard, and very different from a Midwestern farm with flat cornfields and John Deere tractors. This book is about those working farms. For research I drove around DeKalb County, in Illinois, sketching barns and talking with farmers. I became friends with one farmer; for the corn harvest he let me drive his combine harvester. This book tells the story of the seasons on one farm. Children’s books about farms, with cute pigs and red tractors, undersell farms. The reality is more interesting.