An explanation of the life cycle and life span of cows, using up-close photographs and step-by-step text to follow a cow's growth process from embryo to calf to mature cow.
Part of the Grow with Me series
Grow with Me peers under the ground, into trees, and elsewhere in nature to explore the lives and growth of an assortment of creatures and plants. These books for ages eight and up offer elementary but fascinating studies of the life stages that bugs, animals, and vegetation experience as they mature. Magnified photos, easy-to-follow text explaining life stages, and a life-cycle recap all contribute to an educational experience focused on an up-close look at how the featured creature or plant changes and grows throughout its life.
These series entries provide fairly thorough profiles of domestic animals. The opening pages describe an animal's basic physical features and geographic locations, followed by a look at the processes of birth and development. The settings in which owners keep the animal groups, as well as the products they produce for humans, are also described. While examples of some wild animal varieties are noted (Goats, Sheep), the emphasis is on domestic life. Full-page photographs offer a nice variety of breeds in different settings and situations. Small inset photos on some pages enhance the visual presentation. Predators and potential health risks are included. There is no mention of factory farming, which is an appropriate choice for the intended audience. Solid introductions where subject coverage is needed.
–School Library Journal , 5/15/2020