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Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Maya the cow, J.D. the piglet, Hilda the sheep, and a dozen more animals all speak directly to the reader, showing off their unique personalities in this wonderful collection of poems. Master watercolorist Robert Rahway Zakanitch provides a portrait that perfectly captures the essence of each creature. Together the poems and paintings add up to a picture of life on the ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Lisa Vegan
Aug 31, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: humane education; vegan kids; kids who have visited or will visit any farmed animal sanctuary
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I love the organization Farm Sanctuary. I’ve been to the Orland, California location twice. I think Bonnie the donkey in this book was from Orland. But most of the animals featured are, I think, from the original Watkins Glen, New York location.

So, re this book: I wanted to like it more than I did. I appreciated the author’s note for grown-ups at the back of the book, I enjoyed the illustrations very much, but I wasn’t that fond of the poems. While they do capture each species of animal suffici
Karen Witzler
May 28, 2015 Karen Witzler rated it liked it
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Abused or abandoned farm animals find a home at Farm Sanctuary. In this children's picture book each anthropomorphized animal is paired with a poem describing their sweet, free life at the sanctuary. Appealing.
Karen Arendt
Aug 26, 2010 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
I came across this book by accident browsing new books at the public library. And, how strange, but just last Sunday there was an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. The poems are short and so perfectly suited the to personalities of the animals at the Farm Sanctuary. I loved the poems! The illustrations are a combination of bright or muted colors, depending on the animal. The artwork also include pencil sketches of the animals on the page ...more
Mar 09, 2011 dara rated it liked it
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I love the illustrations. The poems didn't do much for me, but I'm a little over the age of the intended audience anyway. I wish there was something more to inform children what exactly is special about these animals--that their lives are not typical of farm animals--other than a brief note to adults at the end.
Mar 05, 2010 Peacegal rated it really liked it
This is a gentle picture book that celebrates rescued animals while at the same time being light and appealing to all ages and backgrounds. The artwork is realistic and charming, though I'm not a fan of the sketchbook-style "extras" that frame the main images and the text.

Our Farm would be an excellent choice for public and school libraries. I purchased a copy for mine.
Taylor Kundel-Gower
Aug 07, 2015 Taylor Kundel-Gower rated it it was amazing
The beautiful poems, the watercolors! I can't speak highly enough of this book! It makes me feel so happy for the safe, loved farm animals at animal sanctuaries, but reminds me that most farm animals are abused, tortured and slaughtered. More sanctuaries, less slaughterhouses!
Aug 13, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
My 4-year-old daughter loves this book. Her favorite poems from it are "Freedom" by JD the piglet and "It's Good to be a Kid" by Ari and Alicia (2 young goats). It's a fun read, and Farm Sanctuary is a wonderful organization.
Gail  Marton
Jan 29, 2011 Gail Marton rated it it was amazing
A wonderful selection of poetry for the young as a companion to Fairfield's "One Book, One Read, 2011."
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I liked some of the poems, but I didn't really like the illustrations. Some of the pictures were nice, but overall it had an unfinished feel.
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