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It's Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf

It's Milking Time

by Phyllis Alsdurf, Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator)

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In this story, a little girl describes the work on the farm, especially milking cows. She milks cows everyday year round with her dad. She then goes to explain what happens to the milk after it leaves the farm. The only use I see for this book is entertainment. For grades K-3 ( )
  ccanizales | Mar 31, 2015 |
Good story and illustrations and a warm depiction of the father/daughter relationship. It's also a good depiction of what hard work farming is. Glad I buy my milk from the supermarket. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
story of all the work required to milk the cows ( )
  melodyreads | Jan 16, 2013 |
"Every morning, every night, it's milking time."

Alsdurf draws on her own childhood experiences to take readers and listeners on a gentle stroll through her memories of helping to milk the cows. Readers see the cows coming to the barns, being fed, milking machines, and what happens to the milk afterwards.

This is a very simple picture book, with sweet, peaceful language. Most of the facts are woven into the story - there's not description of how a milking machine works, for example, but we see how it's cleaned and attached to the cows.

Johnson and Fancher's illustrations are, as always, warm and glowing. You can see the warmth and love between father and daughter, the peaceful cows, and the beauty of the farm in these paintings.

This is a perfect read-aloud for storytime. It includes a few new vocabulary words (stanchion, suction, trudge) and enough information about the milking process for kids to get interested and for parents to seek out longer nonfiction books on milking and other farm processes. I'm assuming from the author's note that the story is set in her childhood, so some of the processes may have changed a little.

Verdict: This is the kind of easy nonfiction I look for to read aloud in storytime. Beautifully written, with facts woven into the story and a few vocabulary words to practice saying aloud. I also look for farming books and frequently have trouble finding anything for our quasi-rural community, but this is perfect. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 9780375869112; Published 2
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jul 8, 2012 |
Good story for teaching young children about life on a diary farm.
  NanceeL | May 2, 2012 |
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A lyrical and visual treasure—perfect for reading aloud to any child who's ever asked: Where does milk come from?

As the sun sets over the fields, a little girl and her father begin the evening milking. They work side by side, fanning out beds of straw, bringing in the cows, and hooking up the milkers.

Soon they've filled milk can after milk can for the creamery truck that will arrive in the morning. The fresh dairy product isn't just for them—other families will buy their milk, butter, and cheese at stores and farmers' markets near and far, connecting the little girl's farm to the world beyond.

Phyllis Alsdurf has created a poetic story that lovingly depicts the special bond between a child and her father, as well as the relationship between a young farmer and her animals. With Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's exquisite illustrations, It's Milking Time is a must-have for any picture book collection.

A natural read-aloud selection for fans of Jane Yolen's Owl Moon.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:26 -0400)

A young girl spends a day helping her father milk their cows, as she does throughout the year.

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