Book Review: Cows on the Family Farm

TITLE: COWS ON THE FAMILY FARM (Animals on the Family Farm Series)

AUTHOR: Chana Stiefel

PUBLICATION INFO: Enslow Elementary, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-7660-4205-6

SOURCE: publisher provided copy

INTENDED AUDIENCE: interest level = K-3rd grade (publisher), reading level 2.6

GENRE: nonfiction

OPENING and SYNOPSIS:

“Wow! Cows! Did you know that a cow eats 50 pounds of grass each day? That’s the weight of an average second grader!”

From the book cover:

“Welcome to the family farm! How do the farmers take care of the cows? What do cows eat? Follow the family at Howling Wolf Farm as they show the important steps in raising healthy animals and healthy food for the people in their community.”

THEMES/TOPICS: animals, nature, farming

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: This story is as much about the farm and the farmers as it is about cows. Stiefel shows children where their food comes from, using her engaging, kid-appropriate writing style to draw in young readers. Children will learn about animals and sustainable farming. The text includes important elements that help children understand the text, including a table of contents, words to know, and a labeled diagram of a cow. A perfect activity to accompany the book would be a trip to the local Farmer’s Market.

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5 Replies to “Book Review: Cows on the Family Farm”

  1. I like how those first lines, captures your interest right away with facts kids can understand and be “wowed” with.

  2. Those first lines really draw you in, don’t they? And I’m totally not a cow person!
    I am starting a new link-up party this week for all things book and reading related on my blog, Mommynificent. I’d love to have you join us with this post and any others you’d like to share. Hope to see you at Booknificent Thursday this week and every week!
    Tina @ Mommynificent

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