Hey, Hey, Hay! by Christy Mihaly and Joe Cepeda

HEY, HEY, HAY! A TALE OF BALES AND THE MACHINES THAT MAKE THEM
By Christy Mihaly, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda

A joyful rhyming story about a girl and her mother and the machines they use on their family farm to make hay.


Mower blades slice through the grass.
A new row falls with every pass.
Next, we run the tedder through
to fluff the grass and dry the dew.

This rollicking book tells the story of a farm girl and her mother sharing in the haymaking chores. Mom drives the tractor, pulling the mower to mow the tall grass, the tedder to aerate the cut grass, and then the baler to roll the grass into bales. It’s an exuberant celebration of farming, the seasons, and the mother-child relationship, beautifully illustrated by Joe Cepeda.A glossary and a recipe for making switchel, the traditional haymaker’s drink, are included.

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About the Author

Christy Mihaly writes children’s books, articles, stories, essays, and poems. She is particularly drawn to nonfiction — all kinds of nonfiction! Her 2018 picture book, “HEY, HEY, HAY!” tells the story, in rhyming verse, about how by making hay we can store summer in a bale.

Recent nonfiction titles include “California’s Redwood Forest,” “Getting Paid to Make Cosplay Costumes and Props,” “Moose,” “All About Apps,” “Elephants,” and “Using Math in Fashion.” She also has a forthcoming book about eating to save the world.

Christy is a founding member of GROG, the group blog for writers and readers of children’s literature. She has at various points made her home in eight different states and in Spain, and is now happily settled in rural Vermont where she writes under the supervision of her dog and cat.

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