Up We Grow!: A Year in the Life of a Small Local Farm by Deborah Hodge, Brian Harris |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Up We Grow!: A Year in the Life of a Small Local Farm

Up We Grow!: A Year in the Life of a Small Local Farm

by Deborah Hodge, Brian Harris
     
 

Up We Grow! is an informative and inspiring book highlighting the importance of small, local farms.

Heartwarming photos invite children into the world of a small, co-operative farm over four seasons. Readers will get to know the hardworking farmers who plow, plant, compost, mulch, harvest and market fruits and vegetables, and care for

Overview

Up We Grow! is an informative and inspiring book highlighting the importance of small, local farms.

Heartwarming photos invite children into the world of a small, co-operative farm over four seasons. Readers will get to know the hardworking farmers who plow, plant, compost, mulch, harvest and market fruits and vegetables, and care for animals.

Rarely has the important work of a farm been so lovingly presented in photos and text. The book focuses on production as well as the human interaction that makes up small-scale, local farm culture.

Children will discover people of all ages and abilities working together to grow and share food, while protecting and respecting the land and animals we depend upon for our sustenance.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Chronicling the lives of a local sustainable farm primarily in British Columbia with seasonal accounts, text boxes and probing questions, children will be able to visit as if on a virtual field trip. Learning firsthand about growing fresh produce, raising livestock and cultivating gardens are featured as readers observe what everyday farm life is like. Information is largely based on the Glen Valley Organic Farm Cooperative and other small farms that produce a mix of healthy and usually organic foods for both people and animals. They incorporate environmentally friendly practices which include seed saving, drip irrigation, cover crops, integrated pest management, and humane animal care. Boys and girls are seen working alongside adults. Farmers divide up the work among many jobs. Text engages students on pages by discussing the land, tending animals, planting, harvesting, interacting with nature, and participating in community activities. Life's never-ending cycle is beautifully demonstrated from cover to cover. Spring, summer, fall, and winter generate a variety of responsibilities for families who give us delicious, fresh food all year long. As a nonfiction picture book, teachers will be able to encourage early readers to gain meaningful vocabulary. Additional study covers multiple content areas for several grade levels. Appropriate questions provide expanded discussion by personalizing topics. There is a brief informational section at the end of the book, but nothing further such as recipes, web resources, bibliography, or index. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—From the joy new life brings in spring to the planning that winter demands, each season on a small sustainable farm receives its due. Descriptive phrases highlight the essential work required from adults and children to care for the land and its numerous inhabitants. Clear, crisp photographs add a personal touch; contained by thin, colored borders, a combination of double-page images and small boxes captures the critical role that teamwork plays to support the family and the community. The cheery design highlights happy workers and healthy crops. Engaging questions encourage group participation, posing similarities between the farmers and the intended audience. The narrative favors description without explanation, revealing impact without much substance. "The compost becomes rich and dark, and full of goodness." The concluding note provides a brief glimpse into the goals of those involved with this way of life. While the lack of depth prevents a more nuanced examination, this offering successfully serves as an enthusiastic introduction to the satisfying values of life on a farm.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
Kirkus Reviews

Young readers of this photo-essay are invited to imagine visiting a small farm to watch the farmers and their children care for the soil and animals, raise their crops and sell them at a nearby farmers' market. Each season of the year is introduced with an appealing full-bleed photograph: a robin beginning a nest, a small child with tousled blond curls touching a broccoli, a neatly bearded older farmer on a tractor, a warmly dressed woman feeding a very woolly sheep. Other pictures in small frames show animals, plants and people at work and play, including a happy farmer milking goats, children planting potatoes and a baby who's just enjoyed raspberry pie. Not all the pictures are explained by the text, which describes each season's activities but sometimes talks down to the reader. While the word "sustainable" doesn't appear until the afterword, the emphasis is on environmentally sound practices. Largely based on a small cooperative farm in British Columbia, this cheery description might well convince some readers to join the group. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554535613
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Deborah Hodge is a former educational consultant and curriculum designer and the author of the Kids Can Press Wildlife series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Brian Harris is an award-winning photographer with many years of experience in photography and project management for not-for-profit organizations such as FarmFolk/CityFolk. His photographs appear in Up We Grow! He is a proponent of sustainable living and makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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