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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Agriculture-Related Books

Farm Animals in Nonfiction — Beef Cows

Cows, Cats and Kids: A Veterinarian's Family at Work
Patrick, Jean LS, and Alvis Upitis
Boyd's Mills, 2003
Grades 4-6
During the day and a half covered in this photo-essay, Shea helps her father "pull" a calf (assist a cow with a difficult birth), and Kendall spends a morning with him vaccinating calves. Later in the day, Catherine assists with spaying a cat and removing the dewclaws from some puppies. The author explains and clarifies these unfamiliar procedures without losing the flow of the narrative. The full-color photographs complement and complete the story.
Cris, Amazing Grazing
Boyd Mills, 2002
Grades 3-5
Using the stories of three Montana ranchers, the book's main focus is rangeland grazing, the love ranchers have for their land, and their efforts to preserve and enhance the environment.
A Field Guide to Cows
Pukite, John
Scholastic, 1998
John Pukite provides all the facts so even the novice can identify and get to know America's 52 breeds of cattle. Every entry in this entertaining yet completely usable book features an illustration that highlights each breed's most easily identifiable traits, such as coloration pattern and body shape. The book includes a checklist of breeds, a glossary of terms, a listing of breeder associations, and more. Fascinating cow trivia is interspersed throughout.
Van Fleet, Matthew
Simon & Schuster, 2011
Grade PreK
Interactive board book identifies farm animals using simple, playful rhymes. Textures, flaps and pop-ups make the book interactive.
Life on a Cattle Farm
Wolfman, Judy, and David Lorenz Winston
Lerner, 2002
Grades K-4
This series entry introduces Adam Smith, who lives on a small beef cattle farm in Pennsylvania, and the narrative presents easy-to-understand information about raising these animals. The facts are general to all cattle breeds, although the Smiths raise 50 polled Herefords. Most of the animals are sold, so the concentration is on raising healthy breeding cattle. The descriptions of breeding, birth, vaccination, and castration are briefly explained for young readers. The simplicity will be appreciated by city children, while rural children may find it too limited. One detail is not quite correct. After cleaning out the barn, readers are told that "hay" was spread on the floor as bedding. Straw is usually used for bedding, and hay is used as feed. Sharp, clear, full-color photos appear on every page.