Clifton Johnson (1865-1940) was a portrait painter who combined words, photographs, and drawings to paint a picture of whatever happened to be the object of his attention; and in this book, the object of his attention is a typical 19th-century New England farm boy.  With 63 illustrations and over 27,000 words, Mr. Johnson follows this typical boy for one year, divided into four seasons, and describes with inerrant accuracy and uncanny insight what the boy looks like, how he acts, what he thinks, and then, finally, what he is liable to become.

Relax, step into the time machine, and enjoy the ride.  Recognize yourself in the farmer's boy, appreciate your common humanity, feel the connection to your own past, and, above all, for just a minute, let yourself miss the child you used to be.