By Penny Arlon
Scholastic Reference, $7.99, 32 pages
Have you ever wanted to visit a working farm? Plan an armchair trip with this fascinating and fun book. Author Penny Arlon invites young readers to pull on their overalls and boots, feed the animals, ride a tractor, and find out all about farms. On each page, big words and pictures introduce the subject, picture sequences show what happens in detail, and smaller sentences provide further information. The easy-to-read text is supported by a glossary that explains new terms and an index to help readers locate them. Sturdy paper helps little fingers turn the page without fear of tearing. The stunning photographs allow kids to see animals, crops, and huge machines up close. After reading this book, children will know the difference between a cattle ranch, a crop farm, fruit farms, dairy farms, and even a rare farm that raises animals like ostriches and alligators. Pages on crops, tractors, farm machines, and harvesting teach the rest of the process. Extra fun activities can be found in the free digital book, Farm Fun!. Make a trip to the farm part of your next family outing!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin