Saturday, May 31, 2014

Doug Unplugs on the Farm by Dan Yaccarino

Imagine being a city robot (or a city kid) and going to visit your grandparents who live in the country on a farm.  Things are very different on a farm!

Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore to get a copy.

The robots make this story different from the usual farm stories.  I liked that touch.

When sheep run across the road, the car is forced is in the ditch and their trip is cut short.  They all get unplugged!  Mom and Dad are trying to figure out how to get the car out of the ditch.  Doug has been learning about farm life on the way out of the city and he wants to help the farm girl contain her sheep.  His parents give him permission to do so, so he plays sheep dog!  He also learns to pick apples, feed pigs, and even how to milk cows.  (Milking cows is harder to do by hand than it appears in this book.  I know from experience...)  He even comes up with a way to get the car out of the ditch.

This is a great way to introduce your child to regular farm life.  Farms aren't as common as they used to be, but they're still there.  Why not visit this farm with Doug?

Happy reading.

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