Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Cow in Patrick O"Shanahan's Kitchen - a book review

"He who lends a book is an idiot.  He who returns a book is more of an idiot."  
                                     ~Arab Proverb

Kids these days think the food they eat come from the grocery store.  You want milk?  There it is in the dairy section of the store.   You want bacon?  Oh look, it is wrapped up and ready for purchase in the meat section of the store.  Don't forget the big jar of honey that we are out of.  Mmmmmm...where can I find that?   Oh yea, aisle five in the big glass jar with the bee on the label.  Our kids need to know that these products have roots.  They do not magically appear in the store for our purchase and eating pleasure.  This book I am highlighting today will give your kids some grassroot knowledge of where their food was "manufactured' before hitting the shelves.  Enjoy.  It would be a great book to kick off some lessons on our home grown food and imported food that we use on our table each day.

Title:  The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen
Author:  Diane Prichard
Illustrator:  Heather Devlin Knopf


About the Author:

When Diana Prichard was young her mother told her to grow up and marry a hog farmer. When she couldn’t find one she liked she became one instead. Today she owns a small farrow-to-finish hog operation in the heart of Michigan’s farm country and works as a freelance agriculture and food writer, photographer, and professional speaker.
Her work has been featured by major media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC’s iVillage, and The Huffington Post. She has made media appearances with outlets such as CNN Radio, From Scratch Magazine, WILX-MI, and The Lansing State Journal. She has traveled internationally to report on agriculture, food security, nutrition, and policy, visiting countries in Africa and the Middle East.
Prichard is also the author of the forthcoming children’s book, The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen (Little Pickle Press, 2013), a riotous story aimed at engaging children and their families in fair, balanced farm-to-fork dialogue. She lives and works alongside her husband (who prefers engines to animals), and their two daughters.
About the illustrator:

Heather Devlin Knopf is a professional artist and writer, who works in both oils and acrylics, infusing her work with vibrant colors and humor.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Heather will complete her MFA in Illustration in July, 2012 within a Low Residency Program at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. She also studied painting and illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art, the DeCordova Museum, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is also the 2010 Hartford Art School Merit Scholarship recipient, the 2010 SCBWI recipient of the Poconos Illustrator Scholarship, and in 2011 Knopf was invited to participate at the SCBWI Falling Leaves Master Writing Class in New York.

Heather lives outside of Philadelphia with her family. She fancies witty people, music with soul, yoga, sushi, soy Chai Lattes, inspiring art, and great literature. Her two young boys 

                                                   Book Review Rating:   8  (Fantastic!)
Read on and read always!   Have a wonderful day everyone.
                  *Thanks to NetGalley for the e_Arc.  Thoughts and ideas are mine and mine alone.

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