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Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More
     

Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More

by Cris Peterson, David R. Lundquist (Photographer)
 

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Following a day in the life of Clarabelle, one of 1,200 cows on a Wisconsin dairy farm, we learn what it takes for a cow to produce life-giving milk and also by-products like electricity. The manure that Clarabelle and her herdmates create not only generates electricity, it provides fresh bedding for cow stalls and fertilizer for the crops grown to feed the cows.

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Following a day in the life of Clarabelle, one of 1,200 cows on a Wisconsin dairy farm, we learn what it takes for a cow to produce life-giving milk and also by-products like electricity. The manure that Clarabelle and her herdmates create not only generates electricity, it provides fresh bedding for cow stalls and fertilizer for the crops grown to feed the cows. Vibrant close-up photographs capture Clarabelle, her calf, and the youngest members of this multi-generational farm family, Josh and Sam, sharing the workload.

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Here's a Holstein who makes a fetching subject for Lundquist's camera, though this easy-reading portrait of a dairy farm's "four-footed factory" leaves the boundary between fact and invention a little vague. Never explaining why Clarabelle has a name when her 1,200 herdmates evidently don't, the author joins her as she gives birth (offstage), then disappears while her calf-seen in an obviously posed shot-is fed "first milk" from a bottle by two farm lads. Off she trundles to the milking center, and afterward back to the manger, where she stands on bedding made from her own processed dung and feeds on a mix of silage that may be "tossed like a garden salad," but certainly doesn't look like one. Along with tallying the many products made from Clarabelle's milk and manure (methane from the latter even powers an electrical generator) and explaining with tantalizing brevity how a few of them are made, Peterson introduces some members of the farm's owning family. Younger readers may get a clearer picture of how a dairy farm works from Gail Gibbons's The Milk Makers (1985) or Aliki's Milk from Cow to Carton (1992), but this provides a more personal view of the enterprise. (Nonfiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620915905
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
470,521
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
NC1180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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