My Mom's a Vet

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Darcie's mom is a country vet. Traveling from farm to farm all day long, she takes care of sick goats and pigs, lame horses, and birthing cows. Darcie learns with each new patient that a vet's work is messy, hard, and fascinating. TOld in her own words, Darcie's experiences are chronicled in photos of the animals, the farmers, and her skillful mother at work. Filled with information on biology and behavior of animals, as well as veterinary procedures, this is a book for children who find facts as exciting as ...
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Darcie's mom is a country vet. Traveling from farm to farm all day long, she takes care of sick goats and pigs, lame horses, and birthing cows. Darcie learns with each new patient that a vet's work is messy, hard, and fascinating. TOld in her own words, Darcie's experiences are chronicled in photos of the animals, the farmers, and her skillful mother at work. Filled with information on biology and behavior of animals, as well as veterinary procedures, this is a book for children who find facts as exciting as fiction. Full color.

Describes a week in the life of a woman veterinarian through the eyes of her daughter who assists her.

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Darcie spends a week as her mom's assistant, helping with her large animal practice. They drive to neighboring farms to treat a variety of problems - including a limping horse, a goat who needs to be dehorned, and a cow that needs help giving birth. Liberally illustrated with photographs, the book depicts the rigors and joys of the life of a country veterinarian. Sure to be a hit with children who love animals or who dream of working with them.
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Gr 3-6-A true-to-life visit with a 12-year-old girl and her mother, a veterinarian. As Darcie assists her mom for a week, she experiences the joy and sadness that come with caring for goats, cows, and horses. The woman is always calm and matter of fact as she goes about her work, earning the respect and trust of her farmer clients. Horenstein's writing is direct and portrays the profession in a realistic manner. The full-color photographs are wonderful and show country life in all its beauty and vigor. Included are photographs of the veterinarian-aided birth of a calf, a goat's dehorning, and a horse that loses an eye because of its owner's neglect. A balanced presentation, this is a worthy addition to career collections.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Kathryn Broderick
Horenstein's photo-essay explores two subjects: the work of a veterinarian who treats farm animals and her relationship with her daughter, Darcie. Darcie, the narrator, describes one week during which she assisted her mother on daily calls to various farms. Together they attend a lame horse, "pull" (birth) a calf, dehorn a goat, vaccinate piglets, treat an eye injury, and perform major surgery on a milking cow. The full-color photographs show much of what is going on (such as the birth) but omit other things (e.g., the horse's eyeball out of its socket). This is not like a trip to one's local vet and probably not a book for very young or queasy children, but it is fascinating. While Horenstein documents the hard physical work that Darcie's mother does for a living, he also shows Darcie's life. The mother hopes to teach her daughter about responsibility, and she surely does. Readers will undoubtedly learn, like Darcie, about tenderness and appropriate animal care as well as some of the economic issues that concern farmers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564029225
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.17 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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