Cat's eye view of a year on the farm

Summary:

When the wind blows open the garden gate Molly wanders in. She moves about, hiding from this and that until finally, the farmers see her. Through spring, summer, and fall there is always something interesting happening at the farm. But now winter is here and the farm is shut down. Where will Molly go? This book, which explains farming methods and concepts, is based on a real story. 


Parent Perspective:
This is fun to read. The story incorporates a little farm science as Moly discovers what is happening. I also like the rhyming insets and the use of sensory words and sounds. There is a lot packed into this thin picture book. Highly recommended for preschool through second grade. With young readers, you could read the paragraph or part of the paragraph that focuses on Molly and skip the scientific information. This will allow the book to grow with your child.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lovely illustrations and a well-told story introduce kids not just to Molly but life on a plant farm.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. Just be prepared that you may want to isolate the parts of each page that talk about Molly if you are reading with toddlers or preschoolers.


Educational Themes:

When you first start the story, it isn't obvious that Molly is going to walk you through the seasons of the garden, so it may be something you want to highlight as you go along. Ask your readers if they identify any of the plants or insects. There is great information in the back, too, that talks about the seasons, molly's senses (and how they are like ours), as well as creative ideas and other books you might enjoy.

Although not designated as a learning-to-read book, the sentences are short and there is enough context with illustrations that it could be used as an easy reader with second or third graders.

Reading Level:
2.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The story is a wonderful introduction to gardening. Even though this is "farm scale" it can easily be used for home gardening and/or visits to local farms.

Title Molly's Organic Farm
Author Carol L. Malnor, Trina L. Hunner
Publisher Dawn Publications © 2011
Illustrators Trina L. Hunner
ISBN 9781584691662
Material Paperback
Cost $8.95
Genres Animal Character, Nature
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