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Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More

by Cris Peterson
Photographed by David R. Lundquist

Published by Boyds Mills Press, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 9781590783108

Ages 6-10

Meet Clarabelle, a Holstein cow on the Norswiss family farm. As the title suggests, Clarabelle is a milking cow, but her role on this large, modern-day Wisconsin dairy farm goes beyond making milk, butter, cheese, and ice cream. Brothers Sam and Josh, whose parents and grandparents own the farm, give a visual tour of Clarabelle’s function on the farm. Crisp photographs show the hay-filled stall where Clarabelle lives and close-up images of the grains she eats. The photos also offer a look at less-familiar farm scenes—the high-tech milking center and the anaerobic digester system (which converts manure to electricity, fertilizer, and bedding). An appreciation for dairy production and dairy by-products is evoked by the clear text and informative captions that help explain the machinery and other workings of the farm.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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