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Top Must Have Books for Kids

Similar to all parents, I am always searching for quality books that are both educational and entertaining.  Here is my list of top books that would make excellent gifts for a child in your life or donate them to the local school.  Each book has a wonderful heartfelt story written with true perspective and facts about farming and ranching.  Each book makes a great story to share as a family or for child to read on his or her own.

1) Levi’s Lost Calf written by Amanda Radke and illustrated by Michelle Weber

Young Levi rides out one morning to bring the cattle home from the pasture. After a head count, Levi is surprised that one calf is missing. Little Red, his favorite heifer calf, is nowhere to be found. Determined to prove his independence-and locate Little Red, Levi rides out with his horse, Pepper, and Gus, his trusty dog, in tow. The three sleuths search high and low around the ranch in search for the calf. Little Red stays hidden as readers are introduced to a bevy of barnyard animals throughout the search. A kid-friendly recipe is added to compliment the adventure and bring the cowboy spirit home to the reader.

Purchase online at CreateSpace

2) Little Joe written by  Sarah Neil Wallace and illustrated by Mark Elliott

It’s a cold December night and Fancy, the Stegner family’s cow, is about to give birth. Out pops Little Joe, a huge bull calf, and with him comes nine-year-old Eli’s first chance to raise an animal to show at next fall’s county fair. Over the next ten months, Eli, and Little Joe, learn some hard lessons about growing up and what it means to take on bigger responsibilities, especially when it comes to taking care of another living thing. But one thing Eli is trying not to think about is what will happen to Little Joe after the fair: it’s auction time, and he’ll have to sell Little Joe!

Purchase Online at Random House

2) The Beef Princess of Practical County by author Michelle Houts 

After years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan’s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair. Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family’s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition. Against her father’s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Purchase Online at Random House

3) Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

When Brother’s dad is shipped off to Iraq, along with the rest of his reserve unit, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going. He’s determined to maintain it just as his father left it, in the hope that doing so will ensure his father’s safe return. The hardships Brother faces will not only change the ranch, but also reveal his true calling.

Purchase Online at Random House

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Did the Dept of Labor Approve this Christmas “Must Have Toy”?

The British Toy Retailer Association has already named a toy dog that poops, Doggie Doo, the “Must Have”  Toy for the Christmas Season. For $24.99 your child can feed the dog a play-doh feed and squeeze its tail to “make” it poop. Manure Engineers in training?

The Doggie Doo is one toy this Farm Mom will not be purchasing.  My farm kids have the real version- dog and cattle.  There is not a day they do not feed their animals and clean up after them.

So it begs the question, did the U.S Department of Labor approves this?

Seriously, the proposed changes to Child Labor law prohibits anyone under 16 “to suffer or permit to work” with livestock including removing “poop” from the stalls or pens. The experience of caretaking livestock-owned or supervised work experience- teaches children great responsibility.  Not to mention the extra bonus of getting the kids off the couch.

Read More about proposed changes to Child Labor Laws.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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