Let’s start the new year with an ABC book for more than just the very young. It’s a hybrid nonfiction book with a bit of poetry and a few narrative anecdotes rounding out the lush information. For the very young, just read the headers and sprinkling of poems: Ants on Asparagus; Blueberries Beets, and Beans; Clip, Clop, Crunch. For older children, read all of the fact-loaded prose. Did you know there are more chickens than people in the world? Or that geese make farmers happy because they eat only weeds, not crops?
The fact that S stands for Stink, Stank, Stunk is reason enough to pick up the book. (Why stink, you ask? Manure, of course! Farms can’t function without it.) Try the original ideas such as making a race car out of zucchini or how to grow potatoes. This fun and lively book was written by Carol Watterson and illustrated by Michela Sorrentino.