It’s time for the Johnson County Fair. Many of us will visit to get our elephant ears, ride the Ferris wheel, and see the 4-H projects of our friends. Visiting the fair is a great opportunity for kids from the suburbs to learn about where their food comes from. Children can also learn about how farms operate by reading books like “Buster on the Farm.”
“Buster on the Farm” features the character Buster from the Arthur book series by Marc Brown. (There is also an Arthur television series on PBS.) This beginning reader book starts out with some “STATEtistics.” It says that there are 85,000 farms in Indiana! Buster flies out to visit one of these farms. On his visit, he rides a tractor in a field of corn, gathers eggs, milks cows, bales hay, and rides a horse. At the end of his visit, he goes to the county fair, which he says is “Animal Central.”
“Buster on the Farm” would be a great book to read before visiting the Johnson County Fair this weekend, or the Indiana State Fair from August 7-23. You also might want to pick up these books recommended by Purdue Extension Johnson County’s Read, Taste, Touch program.