New book teaches kids where food originates
Patrick O’Shanahan is an ordinary boy who has always known exactly where his food comes from: the grocery store. Always, that is, until a cow, a menagerie of chickens and some very peculiar trees show up in his kitchen one Saturday morning, making him question everything he’s always known about the ingredients that go into Dad’s “World Famous French Toast.”
In The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen (Little Pickle Press, November 2013), author Diana Prichard presents a fun story aimed at engaging children and their families in fair, balanced farm-to-fork dialogue. Prichard draws on three decades in a rural farming community, a dozen years as a mother, and almost ten years as a farmer to craft the next classic in children’s literature.
“Watching people who have little to no practical knowledge of agriculture dominate our national discourse on food and farming is extremely frustrating. I wanted to contribute a positive and informed message for parents and kids,” Prichard says. “When I sat down to begin writing I had no idea what story would be the vehicle for this discussion, but Patrick sort of leapt onto the page and took control.”
The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen is a must-read for families interested in responsible farming and food production. In fact, Prichard hopes her new book will be the catalyst to many important family conversations including:
Where our food comes from and the farm-to-table concept;
Diversity in American agriculture and appreciation for farmers; and
Planning family meals around seasonal produce at the farmer’s market.
“When kids visit us on farm tours, they often appear awestruck and bewildered when they learn how food is produced. For some, it’s as though an entirely new world has opened up before their eyes,” adds Prichard. “It’s clear we need to have more conversations with children, our future decision makers, for them to understand the importance of supporting agriculture as much as adults.”
Diana Prichard is a farmer and author who writes at the intersection of farm, fork, and family life. Prichard blogs at RighteousBacon and can be found on Twitter at @diana_prichard. Her work has been featured in/on CNN, NBC’s iVillage, Huffington Post, and BlogHer Food. Prichard has presented to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and MidWest Poultry Federation.
Little Pickle Press is a 21st century publisher of children’s media, dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques. Little Pickle Press has been named among the “Best for the World” B Corporations and awarded Independent Publisher of the Year by ForeWord Reviews.
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