Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Molly's Organic Farm

Molly's Organic Farm

Carol L. Malnor, Trina L. Hunner
Illustrator:  Trina L. Hunner 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Dawn Publications, 2012   ISBN: 978-1584691679

One day a homeless cat walks through a gate and into a new world full of plants, flowers and kind people. She has found an organic farm, and she soon makes herself at home walking down the rows of vegetables, sitting on the compost pile, and dozing under the large golden heads of the sunflowers. The people working at the farm decide to call the cat Molly and they grow very fond of her.

On Farmer’s Market day, Molly meets the shoppers, making new friends who give her treats and attention. The farm serves as a gathering place for people in the community, and Molly is always present to oversee the activities that take place there.

In the fall, the farmers “put the farm to bed,” getting rid of the remains of the old crops, and planting a cover crop to protect the soil. Then the farmers begin to leave, and it looks as if Molly is going to be alone again.

This tale is based on the true story about a homeless cat who finds a home on an organic farm in California. The authors intertwine Molly’s story with the story of the farm year. Young readers will learn a great deal about organic farming as they follow the narrative, and they will enjoy experiencing farm life from a cat’s point of view.

At the back of the book, the authors expand on some of the topics mentioned in the book, and they also tell the story of the real Molly cat.