farm anatomy

As you  might know, I’ve been happily immersed in the charm of children’s literature …

(Who knew writing for kids would be THIS much fun?)

While frolicking in this wonderful world of whimsy, I’ve happened upon some gleefully green pastures, and here’s one I wanted to share:


Farm Anatomy isn’t strictly a children’s book—the author, Julia Rothman, wrote it to explore the “curious parts and pieces of country life” for herself—but its bite-sized nibbles of fact and fancy certainly appeal to the inquisitive kid in all of us.

“From the shapes of squash varieties to the parts of a goat; from how a barn is constructed to what makes up a beehive, every corner of the barnyard is uncovered and celebrated.” (

Of course, her adorable illustrations capture the interest of even the youngest readers, even if the facts flutter over their heads for now (sneak a peek here).

With over 200 pages of fabulous farm trivia, this is the sort of book that can be picked up time and again. In my professional opinion (as a farmer, firsthand) you should enjoy a routine bedtime reading rotation of Farm Anatomy and Moo-n Over Main Street Metropolis for best results.

What to expect?

Before you know it, your little city mouse will be crooning for a taste of the country and a tractor of her own while visions of Sally O’Mally dance in her dreams!


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I purchased this book by Julia Rothman several years ago and love, love, love the artwork! I often get it out and read it cover to cover just to learn more about farms. It is a great resource as well for so many aspects of plants and animals. Of course, the red tractor on the front makes it even more special!!

  2. How adorable! I collect children’s books and may have to add this to my collection for sure. As well as MaryJane and Meg’s book.

  3. Teri Schneider says:

    Thank you so much for the sneak peak! I never knew anything about the differences in the chickens combs even though I’ve had chickens for 15 years. Haha! Shows you can learn something new everyday! I’ll be picking this up to have on the coffee table when the grandkids come around. So fun!

  4. Bonnie Ellis says:

    I love the book you wrote Mary Jane and Meg. April has it and I read it there. I also have the other book and love the illustrations. She knows her farm. Thanks for sharing.

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