It's Milking Time

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It's Milking Time
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4+
Release Date
April 24, 2012
ISBN
978-0375869112
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A lyrical and visual treasure—perfect for reading aloud to any child who's ever asked: Where does milk come from? As the sun sets over the fields, a little girl and her father begin the evening milking. They work side by side, fanning out beds of straw, bringing in the cows, and hooking up the milkers. Soon they've filled milk can after milk can for the creamery truck that will arrive in the morning. The fresh dairy product isn't just for them—other families will buy their milk, butter, and cheese at stores and farmers' markets near and far, connecting the little girl's farm to the world beyond. Phyllis Alsdurf has created a poetic story that lovingly depicts the special bond between a child and her father, as well as the relationship between a young farmer and her animals. With Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's exquisite illustrations, It's Milking Time is a must-have for any picture book collection.

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(Updated: June 11, 2012)
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This story details a young girls' chores on her parents' dairy farm, going into detail about the day-after-day task of milking in her family's life. I was pleased to be able to have an interesting, poetic account of where our milk comes from--one that conveys the simple beauty and commitment that is required of a dairy farmer in order to bring our milk to the table. The pictures illustrate the evening milking, and they add so much to the story with warm, sunset-light filled scenes. I think this book makes a beautiful addition to any collection, but is particularly significant for "foodies" like myself, who want to teach our children about where our food comes from. This is a quaint book that will not only interest your children but brings a kind of nostalgia as you read, even if you didn't grow up on a farm.
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