Favorite quote
I like the piglet.

I was reminded yesterday to spend more time in nature, to be outdoor more often, and to treasure the benefits of interacting with animals. It is said to: improve your vitality, make you less depressed, boost your immunity and happiness, and inspire creativity (source: Daring to Live Fully). Nothing can replace actually being outdoors. Yet, I LIKE THE FARM, written and photographed by Shelley Rotner, certainly wets the reader’s appetite and gives a incentive to do so on a Farm.

The book is a series of photographs of animals you’d expect to live on a farm, as well as their baby version: a cat, a kitten; a dog, a puppy; a cow, a calf… All photographed in a manner that will make you want to hug them! Children are bound to love it, while sharpening their reading skills. Another favorite element of this book is the effortless diversity that is celebrated through each photographed child. It sends the message that a farm is a space and way of living that is suitable and enjoyable for everyone. I will take this a step further and say that books like this one, because of the way it is made and the diversity it shows, help early on fight prejudice against professions such as farming, help children not look down on anyone working in that field.

What this book also made me wish for:
I LIKE THE FARM made me so happy to share with kids and so excited, that I’m now hunting for books around the same age level or slightly above, that dive into farming itself. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you!

Additional info:
Author’s website: http://www.shelleyrotner.com/
Publisher: Holiday House
Release date: August 15, 2017
Age appropriate: 2-6
Where I got the book from: purchased. Read it as a judge for the Cybils Awards.

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