Customer Reviews: Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More
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on October 25, 2008
Clarabelle, an enormous Holstein dairy cow, has just given birth to a calf, which means that her body is now producing milk. Lots of milk. On the Norswiss family dairy farm, Clarabelle is milked three times a day, with each session yielding about five gallons of milk. The dairy farm, with about twelve hundred cows on the property, has a large milking center loaded with modern technology. Feeding the cows also involves high-tech features, including a feed mixture that is specially formulated by a nutritionist and communicated via computer to the feed mixer truck. Also on the premises, the cow manure goes through a type of recycling process that produces methane for electricity and leftover solids for bedding in the cow stalls.

Cris Peterson, who runs a large dairy farm herself, has provided readers with an instructive book about modern techniques in dairy farming. David Lunquist's photography is excellent, resulting in a set of clear and detailed pictures of Clarabelle and the milk production process. This book is recommended for children and adults seeking to learn something new about food and agriculture.
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on August 2, 2008
This is the most accurate children's book about dairy farming I've yet to read (and since I am a dairy farmer, I'm a pretty tough critic). The book details the daily life of a cow on a modern Wisconsin dairy farm. The young sons of the owners show the readers the daily life of a cow, with good discussions of calving, milking, feeding and the process by which this dairy turns manure into electricity. The photographs are great, and the descriptions of everything are clear without getting too complicated. I'd recommend this to any elementary school library and any family with kids interested in where their milk comes from. The reading level is probably best for ages 6-8, much of it would be a bit too detailed for younger kids. They would enjoy the pictures though.
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on May 11, 2009
Clarabelle's story is an intestesting one - she is a huge black & white cow & the story is about how she makes milk as well as electricity (from her manure) in a clean, comfortable environment. I like it that we can learn that milk is not "made" in the grocery store!
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on February 29, 2012
We purchased this book and then purchased 4 more and donated them to all of the elementary schools in our district. What a great way to show how a dairy operates. And in the great dairy state of Wisconsin too!
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on December 29, 2014
Cute book. Used it in our healthy me program.
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on October 16, 2007
As a librarian I think this book is wonderfully presented to the age group it speaks to. It is well written with realistic photos. On the flip side I have a sense that the author doesnot realize that her presentation of factory cow farm is very negative. I am not some big PETA cheerleader but if this is the truth behind such factories it is a very sad reality. How can a child feel pro-factory farm if this book states that the female cow gives birth, is pulled away from her calf and then hooked up to machines all day, sleeps in her own dung, and then finally feed 90% of her waking hour? How can this book be a prodairy farm? I feel this is an excellent way of showing the truth of where our cheese and milk comes from. I hope a child will take in all that is stated and make their own opinion of the subject matter.
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