This week I am showcasing a great book that could easily be integrated in to a classroom setting.
Our family has known Gordon and Nancy Fredrickson for a few years now. Click here to see how our friendship started. About a year ago, Nancy called up Tim and asked him if he could take some pictures of our pigs. Gordon had written about about a school trip to the farm and they were not finding any photos that represented what they wanted. Tim didn’t take award winning pictures, so Nancy came out and took some of her own.
What I Saw on the Farm is not a typical facts only book about farming. What I like about this book is that the animals do everything completely wrong! But there is where the learning and fun begin. Teachers can easily use this book to discuss fact vs fiction. A good contrasting book might be Living on Farms by Allan Fowler.
What I Saw on the Farm, is full of silly rhymes that make reading and learning fun.
The best part of the whole book is that a local 13 year old boy illustrated the pictures. You can read a nice article done by the Pioneer Press here.
The book isn’t all fantasy. Each page shows pictures of real animals on the farm. At the end of the book there is a short description for each picture. Look at those cute pigs!
The boys (and of course I) love this book. Make sure to visit Gordon’s website to learn about his other books. If you order from his site there is FREE shipping to any where in the continental United States and he will personally autograph the book.
Disclaimer: While our pigs are featured, we do not receive any payment for the pictures, besides a complimentary copy of the book