Wednesday, July 4, 2012
It's Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf
Did you grow up on a farm? Does your grandchild know where milk comes from? This book tells the story of a typical day in the life of a dairy farmer.
Random House Children's Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It has been published so you can find a copy at your local bookstore.
I grew up in the country and was familiar with milking routines, but that was before they had the automated milkers. I even got to see a calf being birthed once. (Once was enough.)
My favorite part of hand milking was watching the cats catch the stream of milk my uncle would share with them. I can still smell the cows, barn, hay and cow patties.
The illustrations in this book took me back there. The little girl brings in the cows, she and her Dad put them in the stanchions, and then they are milked. This author also shows the clean up after their visit. Cows are messy creatures.
Here is an easy way to visit a farm without flies or waste smells. Let your little one see how it works to have a dairy and milk the cows twice a day, every day. We need to appreciate dairy farmers; they never get a vacation.