Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen

Books about where food comes from are often filled with photos of harvesting and processing raw ingredients. This story takes a more imaginative approach and has chickens and a cow right in the kitchen. Patrick can't believe that there is a cow in his kitchen. I can't believe that his father doesn't even notice and just goes on making french toast like nothing strange has happened. (He reminds me of the father in One Cool Friend who doesn't notice that his son brings home a live penguin from the aquarium.) While his father cooks, Patrick has to gather eggs, milk the cow and collect maple syrup to complete their breakfast. Once he gets over his shock, he actually seems to enjoy it. He's very eager to get to breakfast the next morning and check for new visitors in the kitchen. 

My grandparents had a farm when I was a kid, so I grew up knowing where food came from. Many kids today only see food once it reaches the grocery store or a restaurant. This is a fun way to begin explaining how food is grown and supplied to people who may not live anywhere near a farm (orchard, ranch, etc.).

website for the book is currently being made.

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