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In a picture-book format, the Canada at Work series introduces young children to the people, machines and environmental concerns involved in farming. It features a year-round, in-depth look at two kinds of agriculture -- cattle ranching and vegetable farming. Canadian in every detail, this book will help kids appreciate the work involved in bringing food to their homes.
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Overview

In a picture-book format, the Canada at Work series introduces young children to the people, machines and environmental concerns involved in farming. It features a year-round, in-depth look at two kinds of agriculture -- cattle ranching and vegetable farming. Canadian in every detail, this book will help kids appreciate the work involved in bringing food to their homes.
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The first part of this America at Work entry (see Drake, above) concentrates on Nick's life on an environmentally friendly onion farm, where his chores include sprouting and planting seedlings, watering, tending, and harvesting the onions. The second half focuses on Karin, who has grown up on a cattle ranch. Her chores include participating in summer cattle drives and rounding up cattle to be sold come fall. In spring there are new calves to care for, and branding. The text, along with Cupples's pleasant illustrations, make farming seem hard but profitable; unmentioned are the enormous struggles most farmers face to earn a living and maintain a family-run farm these days. With so many family farms going under, this book paints an unrealistic picture of rural life. Love and Drake skirt cattle-raising issues, too, e.g., the problems of overgrazing in the west, and pollution problems in the Midwest created by giant feedlots. A simplistic overview that presents the heart of farmers' lives, but not necessarily the meat. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10) .
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Children will come away from the book with a realistic understanding of what it is like to be employed in this occupation. Those who live in communities founded on farming will probably appreciate the fact that this work is presented in an accurate, serious manner. Kids who live in cities will realize that many Canadian still find a livelihood in industries based on natural resources.
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Children will come away from the book with a realistic understanding of what it is like to be employed in this occupation. Those who live in communities founded on farming will probably appreciate the fact that this work is presented in an accurate, serious manner. Kids who live in cities will realize that many Canadian still find a livelihood in industries based on natural resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550744514
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: America at Work Series
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Love, with her co-author and sister Jane Drake, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works always have an environmental flavor. Ann lives in the Toronto area.

Jane Drake, with her co-author and sister Ann Love, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works usually have an environmental flavor. Jane lives in Toronto.

Pat Cupples is a children's illustrator whose many books include The Math Book for Girls and Other Beings Who Count and The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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