“The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen,” by Diana Prichard; illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf (Little Pickle Press, $17.95). Mom and hog farmer Diana Prichard lives near Fowler and writes a blog called “RighteousBacon.” In this story – published after Prichard connected with a publisher on a trip to Africa – a young boy learns that his favorite breakfast doesn’t necessarily come from the refrigerator or the grocery store, but from cows, pigs and chickens. [ed. note the book is currently $13.56 for the hardcover in that link.]
The Very Small Parent Hacks Holiday Gift Guide also features Diana’s book. Parent Hacks founder, Asha Dornfest, featured this on her site and had this to say about the book:
The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen (picture book)
There are 20 books I could recommend, but I’m going to suggest my friend Diana’s new farm-to-fork tale as my holiday pick. Not only is the book’s message a great one, the author is a peach and the book’s publisher, Little Pickle Press, is a Certified B Corporation. They give over 50% of their profits to charitable organizations and that’s just the beginning.
George Smith Maine also mentioned us in a post titled “Our Grandsons Will Get These Books for Christmas” where he mentioned Diana’s books, too! Here’s his review and why it made it on his Gift Guide:
By now you may be sensing a theme to the books we gather for our grandchildren. We love to anchor them to the land, to Maine, to everything we valued as youngsters privileged to grow up in this wonderful state.
The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, written by real life farmer Diana Prichard, illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf, and published by Little Pickle Press, answers the question of where our food comes from. While this is a little kid’s book, you may learn something too!The story’s a good one. Young Patrick is sure his food comes from the supermarket, until the morning he finds a cow in his kitchen. A chicken is discovered laying an egg in his refrigerator. Trees sprout in the kitchen when Patrick needed maple syrup for his French toast.
The author’s notes at the end of the book tell an important story too. “When kids come to our farm,” writes Prichard, “they’re usually amazed, excited and disgusted all at once. It’s not uncommon for every emotion from happiness to horror to show up during one farm tour, and I can always count on kids to tell me exactly how farming looks from the outside.
“It may sound a bit overwhelming, but it’s why talking to kids and their families about food and farming is one of my favorite parts of being a farmer. Over the years, we’ve had lots of kids visit our farm and while none of them were Patrick, many of them inspired this story of him and his crazy breakfast adventures.”
The ladies at Cool Mom Picks chose Little Pickle as one of their Best Small Business Saturday deals. Thank you, Cool Moms!
If you’re looking for other mindful giving gifts, please check out Elizabeth Atalay’s post for suggestions.
Thank you to everyone who featured us this holiday season in your gift guides!
We appreciate your continued support!