Real-size Farm Animals
written by Marie Greenwood
2013 (DK Publishing)
Source: Orange County Public Library
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There are some things that you can count on when working with preschool or kindergarten students. One of those is their love of animals. Many of these classes have a farm unit, so Real-size Farm Animals will fit in nicely. The star attraction of this book is obviously the photographs. Each two page spread features an animal photograph that is up close. For example, you can see the whiskers on the cute calf's chin. I felt like I needed to shave after seeing this. Other features on the spread include a box that shows how the size of the animal compares to a child's size (four feet). Two other text boxes speak to some aspect of the animal's family life. For fluffy ducks, you read about the nest and the pond. The friendly donkey section talks about the work of these animals and their need for companionship. Donkeys do not like to be separated from their friends. That certainly can tie in to a classroom community. In addition to the two text boxes and the wonderful photographs, there is also a green text box that features "wow" facts about the animal. The donkey's bray can be heard from over two miles away. There is a "pecking order" with chickens. The rulers of the coop get their food first and first choice of nests. Also included with this book are animals that lurk around the perimeter, but are not traditionally considered farm animals. These animals include the fox and the barn owl. In the back matter you will also find a glossary.
For students who have never been to a farm or a petting zoo, Real-size Farm Animals would be a treat to read. They will enjoy the photographs and the interesting facts that accompany them.