Look who’s ready for winter!

Scottish Highland Cow (gouache on watercolor paper)

One of our favorite activities is to visit the animals at a near by historic farm open to the public.  They have chickens which enjoy being hand fed grass (keep your hands away from the rooster though!), donkeys that don’t get along very well, sheep, and two Scottish Highland cows.

These cows are amazing!  They look like woolly mammoths without the trunk! This breed of beef cattle was developed in The Scottish Highlands and they do particularly well in the colder climates of North America as well as windy and mountainous regions.  This is because of their thick fur and ability to “browse” for food which means they eat twigs and leaves in addition to grazing (or just eating grass).

This farm also has a a fall festival with hay rides and blueberry picking in the summer.

For more about the Scottish Highland cattle breed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_cattle.

Further reading…


Hamish is a Highland cow and VERY hairy. He hates having baths and NEVER cuts his hair. Why should he when his shaggy coat is the perfect place to keep his favourite sweet – toffees! But one day his friends get fed up with the increasingly smelly Hamish, and they hatch a plan that involves a hairdresser and, yes, toffees! An exuberant story with bold, bright illustrations from a very talented artist. ‘Russell’s bright-eyed cast, including sheep with coloured rinses, is full of character and her text is deftly delivered – it’s a gift to read aloud.’ Scottish Sunday Herald


Text and twenty color paintings depict the rigors and simple pleasures of winter on the prairies during the stark 1930’s (Amazon description)


The Little House books tell the story of a little pioneer girl and her family as they traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic books, illustrated with Garth Williams’ timeless artwork, have been cherished by millions of readers ever since they were first published over sixty years ago.

This My First Little House Book introduces Almanzo Wilder, the young boy from Farmer Boy who would one day marry Laura Ingalls. In Winter on the Farm, Almanzo goes through his afternoon barn chores, and then sits down to eat a hearty farm supper with his family. In this first book about Almanzo, young readers are able to share in the warmth and joy of another Little House family and celebrate new Little House adventures. Winter on the Farm is the first in an ongoing series about Laura’s beloved farmer boy (Amazon description).


The little farm by the sea is a bustling place, filled with animals to keep track of and visitors to attend to. All year-round Farmer Brown and his family are busy, cultivating plants in the greenhouse in wintertime, and planting and sowing the harvest in. the warmer months. And finally, when the customers come, the hard work has paid off. There are beautiful flowers to buy, delicious vegetables to eat, and strawberries ripe for the picking.

Kay Chorao lovingly portrays the changing of the seasons on a real family farm where she herself has spent many an afternoon. With a fluid text and warmly detailed art, this simple story celebrates a vanishing way of life that embodies our most long-standing values and traditions (Amazon description).


“The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside.”–School Library Journal, starred review. Caldecott Honor Book. Full-color illustrations.

Do your children enjoying visiting farms?

Ann

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