Friday, October 30, 2015

Review: Barnyard Kids by Dina Rudick

Would you like to start your child on a journey of self-reliance and love of the outdoors?

A sustainable source of ideas to help your children learn the ins and outs of animal husbandry, Barnyard Kids encourages children to get outside, enjoy nature, and reap the benefits of their hard work.

This fun and creative book by Dina Rudick will guide your family through fun opportunities learning about keeping chickens, milking cows, and rearing sheeps.

It's time to get your little farmhands dirty. Help them grow to be fruitful, self-sufficient, happy, and healthy!

Received for review

Very, very rarely do I come across a truly enjoyable book that I want to force on other people because it was just that good and this is one of those rarities.

Obviously I love animals and I love reading about them so this was just a match made in heaven.  The book is geared towards children but I found it incredibly entertaining and informative myself.  I learned fun tidbits such as:
  • An egg's shell has more than 6,000 tiny holes or pores in it that let the egg breathe
  • Pigs don't sweat
  • Goats are picky eaters and won't eat anything that has fallen on the ground
  • Rabbits can be trained to use a litter box
This is really a wealth of information and provides a remarkably sensitive view into a potentially iffy topics such as raising animals for meat.  Everything from birthing the different varieties of animals to what they eat, how to keep them happy and healthy, and what they produce for their owners (manure, meat, eggs, milk) is covered.  

Overall, this is an incredibly thorough and well written look into the subject of raising animals and would make an excellent read both for country and city kids alike.  It would also make a lovely gift for children who are curious about farm animals.  I highly, highly recommend it.

★★★★★ = Loved It

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