When I read poet-author May Gottfried’s Our Farm: By The Animals of Farm Sanctuary to my kids this week, the page-by-page tour of Gene Baur’s Farm Sanctuary captivated them from the first page.
Throughout the book, Gottfried’s text puts words in the mouths of the creatures the Sanctuary has rescued from a factory-farm fate. And Robert Rahway Zakanitch’s watercolor illustrations capture their personalities with irresistible charm.
By the time the time we finished 10 minutes later, the kids wanted to know when we could visit the Sanctuary’s animals!
Picture their favorite, J.D. the piglet, running all over two pages and squealing:
And I’m running, and I’m running,
And, oh, I can feel the sun on my snout.
They also loved the wandering goat Clarabell’s gift for rhyming:
this is my home.
Wherever my mind wanders
Is exactly where I roam.
After learning about the terrible fate of factory-farmed animals on her first Sanctuary visit, Gottfried spent time there getting to know its residents as individuals. What she recognized in each was a desire to live a life of freedom.
For more on the great work Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur is doing, read my review of his Living the Farm Sanctuary Life.