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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: #1,371,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 Shawn on March 28, 2013
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This book has enough words to make it more appropriate for children who can read independently. I believe it treats farms and farmers fairly. And it is an honest portrait of farm life(I grew up on and around farms).
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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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