We had such a nice time with Shutta Crum this morning! She knew we were learning about "Our Backyard" and talked about her backyard...which happens to be a big, beautiful farm. She started by showing us some pictures taken at her farm - the things that grow there, and the animals that live there. She said she used her backyard as inspiration for several of her books - including two she read aloud today - Family for Old Mill Farm and Bravest of the Brave. She was nice enough to give us an inscribed copy of Family for Old Mill Farm, and it is now one of our most cherished possessions. Thank you, Shutta!