Kids of all ages can learn about farm life in a delightful new book series geared for ages 4-8. Author Holly Dufek introduces farming equipment and explains farm life in an entertaining style younger kids will love — including full-color pictures of CASE IH tractors, combines, tillers and other farm equipment.
Parents and grandparents will appreciate Dufek’s descriptions and use of real farming terminology, accompanied by explanations even younger kids will easily understand. Kids will love the cartoon characters who explain how modern farm equipment works.
Dufek’s words spring to life with Pixar “Cars” artist Paul Nunn’s illustrations to help kids make the connection with the farm equipment they see in the countryside and the food on their table.
Published by Octane Press, known for their award-winning tractor books, the “Casey & Friends” series brings farm life to kids in a fun and factual way. Whether you’re reading aloud to little future farmers or sharing Dufek’s books with older tractor-obsessed kids, Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm, Big Red the tractor, and a whole cast of cartoon equipment characters teach kids important life lessons gleaned from the farm, like thinking ahead and working as a team.
Each book highlights a different aspect of farm equipment and technology with educational sidebars, picture glossaries and fun farming facts for added learning possibilities.
In “A Year on the Farm,” Casey and her farm helpers teach kids that modern farming takes place all year long. Kids will learn about the different jobs a farmer does each season as Casey and her team show how tractors, combines and other equipment plant and harvest crops, work in the farmyard and care for animals. Kids will also learn how farmers plan for the year and react to the weather in this entertaining book.
The second book in the series, “Big Tractors,” shows kids how the most powerful tractors handle the demanding jobs of pulling and powering on the farm as Big Red and Sammy – the biggest tractors on the farm – use their muscles to work in the field with the rest of the team. Kids will learn more about the science of farming and discover how advanced technology makes Big Red and Sammy special.
Parents will learn a lot of farm life information, including how computers help farmers keep track of what’s happening on the farm using Advanced Farming System technology, how different types of tires keep heavy tractors from sinking into the soft soil and how tractors transfer power to farming implements.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the two books provided me for review and look forward to reading more adventures from Happy Skies Farm in “Combines” and “Planters & Cultivators,” the newest book in the series — available now for pre-order on Amazon.
Teach the children in your life what farm life is all about — and learn more about life on the farm at the same time. Reading aloud helps develop a large vocabulary, increase attention span and encourage a lifelong love of books.