My Farm Friends

Is there anything cuter than a little lamb or playful piglet? Farm animals are fascinating, and they are full of surprises, too. Naturally, cows make milk- but did you know they need to drink a bathtub-full of water every day? And of course turkeys gobble- but sometimes they purr like cats. Wendell Minor's bright, bold artwork and jaunty verse celebrate the wonders of our farm friends, and a list of fun facts gives curious animal-lovers even more to enjoy. Watch a Video

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By Peacegal (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 09, 2011
On one hand, My Farm Friends contains interesting facts respecting farm animals as individuals, rather than simply commodities: We learn, for example, that turkeys like to sit on laps and can actually purr like a cat! The animals are depicted in all of their health, vigor, and happiness: qualitie... ...more
By Edward (Oak Ridge, TN) · ★★★★★ · March 16, 2011
It's difficult to resist the charm and warmth of this old-fashioned inttroduction to farm animals. ...more
By Evan · ★★★☆☆ · April 13, 2012
As reviewed by George Orwell from recently unearthed documents

Mr. Minor has written a biting piece of propaganda that attempts to teach our children that all animals are happy being oppressed and penned. This book is an invitation to delight in the secrets of the flesh and to deny our existence.... ...more
By DuPar · ★★★★☆ · June 26, 2014
This basic book about farm animals has rhymes to give you information about them, beyond the basics (like turkeys purr!). The best part of the book is the beautiful illustrations. ...more
By Lucia (Crestwood, KY) · ★★★★☆ · February 15, 2011
Wendell Minor writes and illustrates a sweet pictoral visit to the farm. It his history of family farms that helps him to create an actual account for the young reader.

"My mother and father grew up on small family farms in Illinois, and my childhood memories of visits to those farms have left las... ...more
By Elizabeth S (Naperville, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · March 04, 2014
Nice rhyming book about various animals on the farm. My very favorite part was the last spread of pages that had interesting facts about each of the animals. And those facts were very interesting! ...more
By Rosa · ★★★★★ · October 30, 2014
This book is a perfect book for young beginning readers. The illustrations go hand in hand with the story. Story is basic and simple, and often times rhyming. Teaching about farm animals (cows, turkey, horses, sheep, goats, etc) At the end of the story there is very small basic paragraphs with fa... ...more
By Jen (Viroqua, WI) · ★★★★★ · March 05, 2011
This book is an excellent beginning reader on farm animals. The pictures are so warm and inviting and my two little readers definitely liked them! I like the Farm Friends Fun Facts that can be found in the back of the book. There are some very interesting facts there such as the fact that cows gi... ...more
By Katie · ★★★☆☆ · November 18, 2014
Read at Baby/Toddler Story Time on 6/7/11:

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By amanda (Columbus, OH) · ★★★☆☆ · August 18, 2011
I really love the illustrations and text of this story and it is a great addition to any kids library who loves farms or to farm storytimes. The near absence of punctuation though frustrates me. Even after having read it out loud at least five times I still stumble on certain lines. If there was... ...more