Ann Love and Jane Drake. Illustrated by Pat Couples.
Kindergarten - grade 4 / Ages 5 - 9.
Kids Can Press has done it again with a new series, Canada At Work, by Ann Love and Jane Drake with illustrations by Pat Cupples, and it was my pleasure to review this book from the series.
Farming is a 24 cm by 21 cm, beautifully presented and illustrated picture book, aimed at the Kindergarten to Grade 4 age group. A read aloud or read-it-yourself book, it offers schools and libraries a wide range of potential readers.
Farming tells the story of Nick and his friend Karin, to whom he describes living and working on a small Ontario vegetable farm, "one of the many kinds of farms in Canada." In explaining to Karin about the danger of bad weather - in this case an approaching thunderstorm - he tells how onions are grown on his father's farm. With wonderful illustrations, the authors explain farm machinery, planting, the tending of crops, harvesting and marketing.
Karin's family owns a beef farm in southern British Columbia that raises 600 head of cattle. Nick goes to visit her and learns about cattle drives, hay-harvesting, fence-building, branding and marketing.
The book ends with Nick and Karin's Cross Country Lunch and includes an index.
Michele F. Kallio is a former teacher/librarian living in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick.
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