Teachers getting up close to a beef herd during OAITC summer tour.
Patrick, Jean LS, and Alvis Upitis, Cows,
Cats and Kids: A Veterinarian's Family at Work, 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
Peterson, 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.
Townsend, Una Belle,
Bob Artley and Yolanda Powell, Grady's in the Silo, Pelican,
Based on the true story of
Grady, the silo cow from Yukon, OK.
Wolfman, Judy, and David Lorenz Winston, Life
on a Cattle Farm, 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.
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma
Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture,
Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.