Rather like Nature Anatomy, this book is a mix of very brief information and bright, clear illustrations about different things on and about a farm. It includes stuff about various common farm animals and how to care for them, fruit and food production and harvest, types of tractors, recipes, canning procedure, tree identification, how to stack wood, types of barns -- all sorts in a very brief dipping-your-toes-in kind of way. It's very America-centric, as Nature Anatomy also is, and it also uses the same clear font and hard-to-read cursive handwriting which makes this book not so great for children despite its bite-size and friendly illustrations that would otherwise make it good for children. Some of the information is a little off (such as the Shephard's Pie recipe containing beef rather than lamb -- she meant Cottage pie), and I didn't think the organisation of this book was as good as it is in Nature Anatomy. It felt odd to have read all the plants, veggies, and fruit sections to then move on to meat and animal types, to then only go back to veg canning, storing. Similarly, the final chapter about yarn would probably have been better in with the information about sheep/goats, where it would have been more relevant and not just tacked on the end. But overall, an interesting read, and I can certainly appreciate how long it must have taken to put a book like this together.
Great book - beautifully designed and well written with lots of information of a value. I bought it for my 10-year old son who is going to live in the countryside in ten years time. ;-) It's a perfect buy not only for "village people", but for those who appreciate interesting and well managed ideas. Also for children in love with animals, plants, and machines.