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It's Milking Time Library Binding – April 24, 2012
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 johnsonandfancher.com
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