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Rather like Nature Anatomy, this book is a mix of very brief information and bright, clear illustrations about different things on and about a farm. It includes stuff about various common farm animals and how to care for them, fruit and food production and harvest, types of tractors, recipes, canning procedure, tree identification, how to stack wood, types of barns -- all sorts in a very brief dipping-your-toes-in kind of way. It's very America-centric, as Nature Anatomy also is, and it also uses the same clear font and hard-to-read cursive handwriting which makes this book not so great for children despite its bite-size and friendly illustrations that would otherwise make it good for children. Some of the information is a little off (such as the Shephard's Pie recipe containing beef rather than lamb -- she meant Cottage pie), and I didn't think the organisation of this book was as good as it is in Nature Anatomy. It felt odd to have read all the plants, veggies, and fruit sections to then move on to meat and animal types, to then only go back to veg canning, storing. Similarly, the final chapter about yarn would probably have been better in with the information about sheep/goats, where it would have been more relevant and not just tacked on the end. But overall, an interesting read, and I can certainly appreciate how long it must have taken to put a book like this together.
Daughter (12) borrowed one from this collection from the library and fell in love so we ordered all 4. (Nature & Ocean being her favorites). Simple but beautiful illustrations. Note, there are some areas written in cursive and might frustrate any youngins who never learned it. Mine has but the font is a little sloppy on some letters here & there but she was sble to figure them out or ask for clarification of she couldn't. Even recommended this collection to a couple friends.
When children are wanting so badly to learn about farm life and animals and actually ask you to read this book to them every day, why would one refuse? It was filled with information and various farm landscapes, barn types, weather vanes, types of animals on farms from sheep to chickens to rabbits, various flowers you might find on a farm, things like insects you might find there, and so many other things. My sons loved it. I did not like this as much as Nature Anatomy though.
A few things that are off maybe, but such a fun book with great illustrations... PERFECT for the person with a curious child or that wants some fun facts and simple "short story" style reading (although this is not stories, just saying for someone that likes to sit down and open a book anywhere and be able to read a bit... this is that kind of a book!) :)
These are awesome. I love them. But they don't last for a long time. If you use them a lot hey start to wear out and the brush rip gets pretty messed up. I still really love these, especially for the price.
Was hoping this book contained a little more information. It is very much for a beginner, someone who has grown up in the city and possibly never seen livestock or vegetable trees in real life. Love the drawings and artwork. Will pass the book on to someone else.