Kids’ Reading List: The Beef Princess of Practical County

The Beef Princess of Practical CountyDon’t get too attached, her father warns. But Libby Ryan can’t help herself.

Our fourth book in our Kids’ Reading List series is The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts. The novel tells the story of Libby, who chooses two calves to raise to show and sell at the Practical County Fair. Despite her father’s advice, she names her animals Piggy and Mule with hopes of winning the title of grand champion. She doesn’t realize how difficult it will be to auction them off once the fair is over.

At the fair, Libby must face the pressure of competition and the reality that her calves will be sold and harvested for meat. Luckily, her family and friends are there to help.

Readers in grades 4 and up will be touched by this tender story of growing up while learning about the care and respect that beef producers practice daily.

Thanks to Holly Spangler for compiling this list, which was featured in the March 2012 issue of Farm Futures magazine.

Check out the past selections in the reading list.

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