Want to help your child get excited about raising critters? Barnyard Kids, A Family Guide for Raising Animals, teaches them how, with lots of pictures, diagrams, and words they’ll understand. Dina Rudick gives simple directions for choosing, housing, feeding, and caring for cows, sheep, goats, chickens and other farm animals.
Each chapter starts with a brief overview of the animal, then gets into the details of what, how and why to feed; the animal’s digestive system and other anatomy; common problems, health care, housing, and behavior. Each chapter concludes with what the animal can contribute to the overall homestead and questions and answers not otherwise addressed. This is followed by “your life with – “, detailing a sample daily, weekly and seasonal chores involved in taking care of your flock or herd.
Barnyard Kids is a great science, FFA, 4H and general resource. It is colorful, entertaining and easy to follow for young children, with enough information to spur older children to further investigation into their preferred animal and project suggestions for housing and care.