Kathy Coatney


For over 70 years, Farmer John has been a cow guy. Not much surprises him any more, except for the day quadruplet calves were born on his dairy. Text with photographs of Farmer John and his Four Quart Girls tell the story of this special event.

“Exceptional, well-written educational read for a second or third grade comprehension. Informative and engaging photos help the reader to understand how cows live and the changes over the years as to how people obtain their milk. Great introduction without overwhelming children with interesting facts (quad births) and mathematical lessons (ounces / glasses of milk). Vocab list at the end (underlined throughout the text) as well as resources for creating lesson plans to accompany the dairy unit and additional website resources. Looking forward to reading additional titles in this noteworthy informational series.”

“I may not have children but I loved this book! The photos are amazing, the cows and calves look so cute and cuddly! The book follows the birth of four healthy calves to one cow, which is something super rare! The language in the book is geared for children in the 2nd grade and above, but even I learned quite a few things.”

” Looking at the photos, I got a sense of curiosity of how farm life could be, getting up early, caring for animals, working with my hands – that is until the city girl in me kicked in! This is a great educational book that will interest young and old!”

“This true story of a rare occurrence, the birth of quadruplet calves, is woven into a book about the dairy where it happened. Told with charm and accompanied by interesting photos, this is a great book to help kids learn about where their milk comes from.”

“Thank you Kathy Coatney for a children’s book that is delightful and real. The pictures are fun and show children what cows really look like. The story is amazing! Keep the Farmer Guy/Gal books coming!”

Kathy Coatney has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through rice paddies, dairies and orchards over her twenty plus years as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. With her roots in agriculture running four generations deep, she felt a deep concern that children didn’t know how their food was produced. Envisioning a new direction for her writing, she launched From the Farm to the Table series of nonfiction children’s books about agriculture.

Kathy also loves—and writes—deeply emotional, small-town romances. She gets her inspiration from movies like While You Were Sleeping, Return To Me, a variety of music, and from her own happily-ever-after. Her favorite place to plot out novels is swinging in a hammock on a warm spring day. Ironically, her fiction books also carry an agriculture thread in them, some more than others.

Kathy’s favorite things: cuddling by the fire, ice cream, fresh-baked scones, mochas, and finding outdoor activities for every season, whether it’s swimming, skiing, mountain biking or a quiet stroll through the woods.

Happily married for over thirty-five years, she and her husband have two grown sons, a granddaughter and a menagerie of animals—a black lab who thinks she’s human, a house cat that looks part bobcat, and numerous wild animals that roam freely on her property.

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