Title: Cattle Kids: A Year on the Western Range
Author: Cat Urbigkit
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 5.4
Concepts: natural, capital and human resources
Review: On cattle ranches across the western part of the United States, plenty of children help their families with the livestock operations. These “cattle kids” perform various tasks, including checking on the cows while they are calving, forking hay, helping with vaccinations for the calves, operating the machinery, and gathering the herds. This instructive book offers readers a detailed description of raising, herding, and selling cattle for the production of beef and leather goods. The text is straightforward about the destiny of most of the cattle, and the rich display of photographs further provides an inside look at the ranch work. Adults can use this book to teach children a valuable lesson about natural resources and how certain food products reach the market.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children