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Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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Starred Review. Grade 3–7—Through this photographic journal, readers are invited to share one year on an Ohio farm, complete with children, animals, and enough work, adventure, and fun to keep everyone busy. Keeping his commentary to a minimum, Rosen records conversations and comments made mostly by the young Bennetts. Their voices are strong and wise, revealing knowledge about life, death, hunting, reproduction, economics, and the importance of community and family. "If a cow dies, Dad scoops it up with a skid steer bucket and carries it over to the woods, far from the house, because it stinks for a while," 10-year-old Cayne observes matter-of-factly. "We always have a fort up in the hayloft, but…the cows eventually eat the whole fort" (Grey, age 8). "It [corralling cows] can be dangerous…" Chase (15) explains, "…but cows prefer to kick to the side; you're usually safe so long as you're straight behind them." Sensitive to the fact that some people might consider them "a bunch of farm hicks," Chase points out that his school "has scored among the top Ohio schools in the proficiency tests." More comprehensive than Raymond Bial's Portrait of a Farm Family (Houghton, 1995), this engaging book is an unsentimental, appreciative look into the world of one farm family. It's packed with information and plenty of interesting photographs. Children will love it.—Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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About the Author

Michael J. Rosen is the author of Balls! and Balls! Round 2 and has written more than 70 books for kids and adults. He lives in Glenford, Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581960670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581960679
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greetings and thanks for welcoming me into your home. Since I write books for both young readers and adults, I've cooked up two long-winded paragraphs.

Kids first: So, I'm the author of some five dozen books for children of all ages. New titles including THE FOREVER FLOWERS; MY DOG! A Kid's Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Dog (the ideal go-to dog guide for families); a pop-up book with Robert Sabuda, CHANUKAH LIGHTS, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award; and three books of haiku on dogs, birds, and THE MAINE COON'S HAIKU and Other Poems for Cat Lovers.
For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, I've been engaged with young children, their parents and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, I frequently travel to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

Several of my books here show my work as editor/anthologist or illustrator. It has been my privilege to have enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program I administered for a dozen years.

Now, for adults. I can start by saying I'm a poet. I went to Columbia from 1979-1981, and received my MFA there. Poems are now collected in three volumes, which are all featured here at Amazon. Moving home to Ohio, I worked as an illustrator (while in NYC, I began selling spot illustrations to The New Yorker and Gourmet magazines); one of my first real clients was The Thurber House, the soon-to-be-restored home of Columbus's native son, James Thurber. For almost twenty years, I helped to restore the home, develop the programs there, and edit much of Thurber's uncollected work. (Those volumes are also featured here.) It was there, I began to edit short story anthologies, commission great writers to contribute to books about dogs, horses, and even VW Beetles. That's also where I started Mirth of a Nation, a three-volume humor biennial that constitutes almost 2,000 pages of the best contemporary humor.

Otherwise, my Website has a good deal about my life on the 100-acre farm I share in Central Ohio. Thanks again for reading along with me.


for lots more about MY DOG!, including recipes, training tips, cool projects, games, and so forth: www.workman.com/mydog

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Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm is a densely packed, 144-page nonfiction book portraying the many aspects of day-to-day life on an Ohio family farm. From raising chickens and cows, to delivering calves, disposing of manure, showing pigs at a fair, hunting, cleaning and cooking animals for their meat, putting together square bales of hay and much more, Our Farm gives a living, breathing, look at the hard work, good food, fun, and challenges that flows by in the yearly turn of a farm's seasons. Chapters are narrated in quotes of various family members, and illustrated with beautiful color photography on virtually every page. Highly recommended, especially for public and school library collections, Our Farm is a vital educational resource particularly given how today's American society is increasingly estranged from its agricultural roots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ShyViolet on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really loved reading this book! The book is written for children but I enjoyed reading it and I am 41 years old! The book made me think about the dreams that I had as a child of living on a farm when I grew up. That dream never came to fruition but reading this book helped to give me a more realistic idea of what living on a livestock farm would be like. I immediately got into the story and I read in amazement all the kinds of experiences the children have lived through. As a parent, I enjoyed seeing this family working together - everyone has a job and they all seem to enjoy helping to make their farm a sucess. What a wonderful childhood these children are having! Thanks to their family and Michael J. Rosen for letting us share a bit of it.
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By D. Bazan on October 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well written, and is perfect for my 10 year old son. Living near downtown Los Angeles, there's not much in the way of true, rural farm life out here. So in our quest to help him satisfy his curiosity about what real life on a farm might be like for children, we were so blessed to come across this book in our local library. My son does not particularly care for reading, but once he got his hands on this book, he's not been able to put it down! He has read the book cover to cover four times now, and he's asked us to make sure we purchase this book for him so we can finally return the original to the library. The authors have successfully portrayed rural farm life, and all the struggles and blessings each season brings. It gives a true picture of what it's like for children to grow up on a farm, and is a fun read for children and adults alike. We highly recommend this book to all who have even the slightest curiosity about farm life!!
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By Ryan's Mommy on March 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had ordered this book over a year ago when my son was born. I just got around to reading it. I loved it. It is packed with so much interesting information (for us city kids). I've never read a book that was written from the kids point of view that still kept it interesting for the adults as well. I read it to my 14 month old so he can enjoy the book as he grows.
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