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It's Milking Time [Kindle Edition]

Phyllis Alsdurf , Steve Johnson , Lou Fancher
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A lyrical and visual treasure—perfect for reading aloud to any child who's ever asked: Where does milk come from?

As the sun sets over the fields, a little girl and her father begin the evening milking. They work side by side, fanning out beds of straw, bringing in the cows, and hooking up the milkers.

Soon they've filled milk can after milk can for the creamery truck that will arrive in the morning. The fresh dairy product isn't just for them—other families will buy their milk, butter, and cheese at stores and farmers' markets near and far, connecting the little girl's farm to the world beyond.

Phyllis Alsdurf has created a poetic story that lovingly depicts the special bond between a child and her father, as well as the relationship between a young farmer and her animals. With Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's exquisite illustrations, It's Milking Time is a must-have for any picture book collection.

A natural read-aloud selection for fans of Jane Yolen's Owl Moon.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Alsdurf grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota and it shows. Every note of this gentle, yet never patronizing, story of how milk is retrieved from cows is authentic, and it’s exactly these specifics that will be eye-opening to young readers: how the stanchions are lowered to keep the cows in place, how the teats are washed, how the milkers are attached with leather straps, and so forth. The story follows a little girl helping her father with the daily milking chores, a task of comforting repetition. Throughout, she repeats the same phrase: “Every morning, every night, it’s milking time.” Just as fine as the detailed descriptions is Alsdurf’s way of conjuring the slow, quiet texture of farm life: “The air is hot, heavy. Overhead a fan whirs. Tails swishing, the cows chomp and chew their cud.” Johnson and Fancher’s dusty watercolors lend the grit of a family farm a halcyon hue and match Alsdurf’s realism at every step. A nicely understated glimpse at a life fewer and fewer kids are likely to see. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

About the Author

PHYLLIS ALSDURF grew up on a southern Minnesota dairy farm, where one of her chores was to run down the lane and bring the cows to the barn for milking. In that herd of Holsteins was her father's favorite, Jay-Jay, the cow to whom this book is dedicated. Today Phyllis teaches writing at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Jim, and two boxers, Stella and Sophie.

STEVE JOHNSON and LOU FANCHER have illustrated over thirty-five books for children, including Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets, A Boy Named FDR, and The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull; My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss; and New York's Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne. I Walk at Night by Lois Duncan was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. Steve and Lou live in California with their son, Nicholas. You can visit their website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1591 KB
  • Print Length: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JC6LSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering my Dad August 23, 2012
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I was born, seemingly, loving animals and from the time I could talk I asked for a horse. My Dad moved our family from a city apartment to a small farm so I could live my dream. Before he surprised me with my first horse (there were many in the years to come) we had chickens, rabbits, pigs and cows, many as 4-H projects for me. Every day, my Dad and I spent hours together working on the farm. My Dad and I were so, so close. After I was grown, and what I think was the beginnings of my Dad's battle with Alzheimer's, when I came to visit he would say, "I look out the window and see a little girl heading to the barn;in a few minutes, I see her come out on her horse." So, although the details in this book are different from my life with my Dad on our farm, I bought it in memory of my Dad and all those hours we were alone together. I love you, Dad, and remember every day all you gave me! Til we meet again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Farm Reality June 11, 2013
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Alsdurf vividly captures the rhythms of evening milking on the family farm in the mid 20th century. Her images elicit memories of a lifestyle that has nearly vanished from the rural landscape of today. From fetching the cows from pasture to bedding the barn at the end of the evening, the mundane practice of milking and barn chores is brought alive. Written with grace, this book has become a favorite of our grandchildren, with even the two-year-old memorizing many of the word images in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farm Work for Kids Who Love it. September 12, 2012
Anyone who lives on a dairy farm would enjoy this book. If you live in a big city, you'll enjoy it even more because you don't get to see all the things that go on in a big barn full of cows. It's an eye-opener for anyone who doesn't know how hard it is to work in a dairy farm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. August 8, 2012
By Brenda
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This is a wonderful book to take a walk down memory lane for those of us who did milking before all the modern conveniences.
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