HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: If It Weren’t for Farmers
Author: Allan Fowler
Publisher: Children’s Press, republished in 1994
ISBN-13: 978-0516060095 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0516060090 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0516460093 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0516460099 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Fowler, Allan. If It Weren’t for Farmers (published in 1993 by Children’s Press, CT). When our older son Mark was in second grade, his homeschool study of health and nutrition had a section on how farmers grow our food, so we checked this Rookie Read-About Science book out of the library to accompany his lesson and give him some extra reading practice. It is a great resource about agriculture with nice pictures for the younger reader. Although I did not grow up on a farm, I came from farmer stock and lived as a boy in farm country, and even though our boys basically grew up in the city and the suburbs, we have always tried to emphasize the importance of farmers and their work.
The Rookie Read-About Science books cover every part of the primary-grade science curricula including animals, nature, scientific principles, the environment, and weather, from friendly dolphins to giant pandas, from icebergs and glaciers to energy from the sun, from magnets to solids, liquids, and gases. Other books in the series by Allan Fowler are From Seed to Plant; All the Colors of the Rainbow; What Magnets Can Do; So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape; Frogs and Toads and Tadpoles, Too; Plants That Eat Animals; The Top and Bottom of the World; and How Do You Know It’s Spring? He also wrote several in the Rookie Read-About Geography series such as Antarctica; Living in the Arctic; Africa; and North America.