Clarabelle: Making Milk and so Much More

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Everyone knows that cows produce milk—but also electricity, fertilizer, and compost for animal stalls? Yes, cows produce these, too! A cow is an amazing organism that transforms foods such soybean meal into and corn into all sorts of other useful products. By featuring a single cow and her calf on a large Wisconsin dairy farm, Cris Peterson describes all the latest technology that enables farmers to create by-products from their herds. And yet none of the modern-day machinery matches the miracle of production ...
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Overview


Everyone knows that cows produce milk—but also electricity, fertilizer, and compost for animal stalls? Yes, cows produce these, too! A cow is an amazing organism that transforms foods such soybean meal into and corn into all sorts of other useful products. By featuring a single cow and her calf on a large Wisconsin dairy farm, Cris Peterson describes all the latest technology that enables farmers to create by-products from their herds. And yet none of the modern-day machinery matches the miracle of production that is the cow herself. Vibrant photographs by David Lundquist capture Clarabelle with her herdmates and her newborn calf as well as the family members of Norswiss Farm in this Ohio Farm Bureau Children's Literature Award winner.
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"Curious aficionados of animals and milk products will be thrilled with this up-close peek at the daily life of a cow on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. . . . Sophisticated ideas and vocabulary make this picture book a good choice for advanced young readers. Brevity and plenty of illustrations make it an accessible, engaging source of quality information." --School Library Journal
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590783108
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Cris Peterson is the award-winning author of children's books devoted to agricultural themes, including Century Farm, Amazing Grazing, Horsepower, and Extra Cheese, Please! She lives in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

David Lundquist grew up in western Minnesota and began his career as a corporate photographer in the agricultural cooperative business. He is the recipient of numerous national awards and international recognition. He lives in Minneapolis.

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