Up We Grow!: A Year in the Life of a Small Local Farmby 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
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.
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)
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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