Farming Almanac, A (Paperback)Chris Stephens (author)
Paperback 32 Pages / Published: 16/07/2007
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Fact and fiction, photographic memorabilia and attractive illustrations are found in this unique book on farming.
Publisher: Gomer Press
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 260 x 210 x 3 mm
With A Farming Almanac, Pont Books have added another title to their accessible social history series for eight to twelve-year-olds. In terms of presentation, the double-page spread format serves to provide a focus on a wide range of aspects of country life in manageable chunks: from Ploughs and Ploughing to Young Farmers, providing quite comprehensive coverage of animal husbandry, technological developments and their effects, as well as commentary on similarities and changes over time. Details of cattle farming, horses, sheep and poultry feature individually but not pigs, for some reason. Attention is paid to arable, stock and dairy farming, as well as the wide range of produce for home and the wider economy of past and present, so that modern urbanized children, who may not have considered where familiar foodstuffs come from, have a much needed insight beyond the supermarket shelves. At the same time, the book reflects a recognized way of life for a significant proportion of the population who will relish being able to share more of their experiences by discussing the content with their peers. As always, Chris Stephenss text is rich in anecdote and detail as he weaves historical fact with folklore and contemporary commentary and includes glimpses of art and snippets of literature. Although having a Welsh perspective and being highly suitable for children in Wales and for the Curriculum Cymreig, it is certain that this book would provide a worthwhile insight for those elsewhere, young and older, due to its wide scope and wealth of content drawn from beyond Wales. The pleasing and intriguing collages of artefacts, photographs, cartoons, printed materials and illustrations not only provide evidence of thorough and creative research on the part of the author, but also highlight the clever attention to detail of the designer, Olwen Fowler. Youngsters will enjoy spending time exploring this visual cornucopia to discover a wealth of rural, seasonal and historical information. In common with the rest of the series, the lack of an index limits the use of the publication as a reference work, but this is more than made up for by its strengths. A Farming Almanac should be a welcome addition to bookshelves in schools, libraries and at home. M. Lorna Herbert Egan It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council
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