i gave my nieces and nephews (current total: six) julia rothman's new book for christmas (and i totally got one for m'self, duh). it's pretty much the cutest, most educational thing ever. every page is an illustrated cornucopia of farm knowledge, inspired and informed by her husband and in-laws (from rural iowa). don't you want to know about bees and barbed wires and how to plow a field? even if you don't have a natural inclination to agriculture, julia rothmans's illustrations are captivating. seriously, how do you not own this book already?