Clarabelle by Cris Peterson
Making Milk and So Much More

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Everyone knows that cows produce milk, which is great for drinking and also is made into cheese, butter, ice cream, and yogurt. But also electricity, fertilizer, and compost for animal stalls? Yes, cows produce these too! A cow is in fact an amazing organism that transforms foods such as hay, corn, and soybean meal into all sorts of other useful products. By featuring a single cow (Clarabelle) and her calf on a large, modern-day Wisconsin dairy farm, internationally acclaimed author Cris Peterson describes all the latest technology that enables farmers to create energy and other by-products from their herds. And yet none of the modern-day machinery matches the miracle of production that is the cow herself. Vibrant, close-up photographs by David Lundquist capture Clarabelle with her herdmates and her newborn calf as well as the family members of Norswiss Farm who live and work together.

About Cris Peterson

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Cris Peterson is the author of ten books for children, and has been honored by dairy and agricultural organizations across the U.S. She was named National Dairy Woman of the Year at the World Dairy Expo in 2004. Ms. Peterson and her family run a dairy farm in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Alvis Upitis is an award-winning photographer, who has collaborated with Cris Peterson on the books listed above. He lives in Hawaii.
Published October 1, 2007 by Boyds Mills Pr. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Here’s a Holstein who makes a fetching subject for Lundquist’s camera, though this easy-reading portrait of a dairy farm’s “four-footed factory” leaves the boundary between fact and invention a little vague.

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