A Day with the Animals at Upland Hills Farm: A Book Review

5 01 2013

Nathan Perkins or ‘Farmer Nate’ as he is more affectionately nicknamed has written a children’s book: A Day with the Animals at Upland Hills Farm, which hopes to teach children about farm yard animals and promote Upland Hills Farm in Oxford, Michigan. It seems like a nice idea on paper but this book has a lot of issues. Foremost is the utter lack of plot. Children’s books, even picture books for babies, need to have a plot. A simple story where children went around the farm yard and asked questions would have sufficed. This reads as a random assortment of facts which are poorly organized and even more poorly written. Writing a children’s book does not mean that there can be poor grammar, missing commas and in the end I blame WestBow Press for not properly editing this book. They should have guided Nathan Perkins and his fellow collaborators in producing a better book. At $13.95 it has little chance of selling when many better children’s books can be bought cheaper.

I did enjoy the pictures that are photographs of actual animals instead of cartoon pigs and sheep. I wish they had been better quality or were printed on glossy paper. For such a high price the printing could be so much better. What I find disheartening is that Upland Hills Farm is a great place. You can take your kids to see all sorts of animals and in the summer they run a fantastic day camp. In the fall it is a fun place to go on a hayride and visit during the harvest festival. Upland Hills Farm is a great venue for you to get married or to take kids on a school trip. The people are friendly, knowledgeable and love educating people about living on a farm. Would I buy this book? No. Will I visit Upland Farms again? Absolutely! I encourage everyone to get of the house and spend the day enjoying the beauty of Upland Hills Farm.

Upland Hills Farm is located at:

481 Lake George Road

Oxford, MI 48370

To plan your visit to the farm call (248)-628-1611 or visit their website





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