The day-to-day business of growing and harvesting crops for food is brought to dramatic life in this Nebraska Children's Agriculture Book of the Year as children see farmers and their machinery hard at work. Farmers lifted and hauled, cut and chopped, plowed and planted, waters and mowed by hand or with horses and simple equipment--until the first tractor appeared. Now there are tractors with eight wheels and tires big enough to stand in, skid steers with buckets for lifting, and sprayers that look like huge prehistoric birds, as well as many other modern computerized farming machines. Here's a look at farm machinery in the modern age.
About the Author
Cris Peterson is the author of several children's book. She was named 2004 National Dairy Woman of the Year at the World Dairy Expo to honor her writing and leadership in the agricultural business. Ms. Peterson and her family run a dairy farm in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.
David R. Lundquist has received numerous national awards and international recognition for his work. Mr. Lundquist lives in Minneapolis and has two grown daughters.
"Children who love tractors and other big machines will think this book is fantastic." —School Library Journal
"Writing in an invitingly personal way ('Today our family uses all kinds of machines to help us farm'), Peterson escorts viewers from one field to the next, while Lundquist shows what each behemoth does. . . . Eye-catching." —Booklist