The Beef Princess of Practical County

After years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition Against her father s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually beAfter years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition Against her father s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually be auctioned off After a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, Libby finds that she is growing closer to her steers with each passing day, and the pressure to win Grand Champion is mounting.Luckily, Libby can count on her best friend to get her through most of the county fair chaos Yet once reality sets in and she realizes that her steers will soon be sold to the highest bidder, the chaos in Libby s heart becomestoo much to bear.Michelle Houts lives on a grain and livestock farm in West Central Ohio with her husband and three children This is her first novel.
The Beef Princess of Practical County After years of waiting it is finally Libby Ryan s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family

  • Title: The Beef Princess of Practical County
  • Author: Michelle Houts
  • ISBN: 9780385735841
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Abigail ManningMrs. ToneyPeriods 3 and 4Friday March 13, 2015The Beef Princess of Practical CountyRating 9/10 Author: Michelle Houts Pages: 226 SummaryThe book starts off at Libby’s grandfather’s farm picking out calves. She picked one that was liking her hand and sucking her fingers. Her grandfather picked out the other one, a smaller calve who was standing all alone in the middle of the pasture. Her granddad said “That right there, he’s a winner.” Libby had her doubts on the one [...]

    2. One of my local booksellers said she passed on this book because she didn't think kids in our area could relate to a girl who raises and sells her own steer. She changed her mind when I pointed out that 4H is huge in the eastern part of our county.And for those of us who will never raise a steer or goat or even a rabbit, I think this is an important book because it portrays a way of life we city folk never experience. And Libby is a likable character who struggles with the tensions between her l [...]

    3. For anyone who ever grew up in a farming town this book may just be a trip down memory lane. Growing up on a farm I named all of our animals, even when I knew they were to be sold or butchered. I therefore identified with Libby Ryan. She grew up in the shadow of her brother and for me it was an older sister. There comes a time when parents have to let you learn by making some of your own mistakes. This is what Libby’s parents finally do. She learns to believe in herself and work hard for her d [...]

    4. First off, the title caught my eye. Beef Princess? Then the back description. My eyes widened in amazement. Really? Seriously? I didn't know that stories that actually related to my (kind still current) childhood! Then I bought it (something I rarely do if I've never read the book before). Then I read it. Then I fell in love with the story. I related with Libby so much! Growing up on a beef farm, I'm used to seeing cows come and go, and this is the first story I've seen that tells the story of u [...]

    5. The Beef Princess of Practical County is a touching and delightful book. Children’s literature at its finest, this little novel will appeal to both young and old—anyone who enjoys an artfully crafted story. Anyone who grew up in the country will especially appreciate this sweet and loving portrayal of a wonderful farm family. And young people growing up in the cities and suburbs today will enjoy learning about real life in rural and small town America.

    6. I really liked this book because I love horses. In this book it has a lot to do with them, like putting them and shows and problems that they have. I would recommend this book to anyone but manly people who love horses and want to see the adventure that happens next.

    7. If you enjoy contemporary realistic fiction then The Beef Princess of Practical County is a good choice for you when choosing a Lovelace nominee. The main character is 7th-Grader Libby Ryan. The Ryan family’s livelihood is raising, showing and selling steers at market. Libby has grown up surrounded by the workings of the beef industry on property owned and run by her family for generations.When the story begins Libby is picking out the calves she for whom she will care and groom to show (and t [...]

    8. A story about a girl. A story about farming. A story about two calves who change a girl's entire perspective on life itself. I love this story so much because I can relate to it so well. Author Michelle Houts takes readers into the mind and world of Libby Ryan, twelve-year old daughter of one of Practical County, Indiana's most prominent beef farmers. Libby's goal is to show cattle at the Practical County Fair in hopes of winning the coveted Grand Champion prize and bringing home the honor and g [...]

    9. Just in time for county fair season (okay, just past our county fair), I read The Beef Princess of Practical County ( 2010) by Michelle Houts. If the county fair is the highlight of your summer–whether you complete 4-H posters, show animals, compete in the fair pageant, or just take it all in, you will enjoy Libby’s story.This is Libby’s first time to show steers at the Practical County Fair in Nowhere, IN, and she is determined that she can live up to the Ryan family name and follow in he [...]

    10. The Beef Princess of Practical County The book Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts is about a teenage girl named Libby Ryan, she picks out fair calves in her grandpas pasture for the county fair. She has to decide which one she takes to the fair. She picks her favorite to take to the fair, but one night he gets his leg caught between some gates and while struggling to get free he hurts his leg. So her dad takes him to the slaughterhouse. Then she decides to take her other one to [...]

    11. Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadTooTHE BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY is a sweet coming-of-age novel.Libby loves the cow farm she's grown up on. But she's lived in her brother's shadow and her father has never noticed her when it comes to the farm. When her brother heads off to college, Libby is granted the chance to raise two calves for the next county fair. She will only be able to show one of the calves, but she has the opportunity to show her father what she can do.When her dear Piggy bec [...]

    12. One of the odder storylines, Beef Princess still manages to hold onto the readers’ attention while maintaining its rural background. I am not quite sure what to say about this book—it is unlike anything else I have read. The storyline focuses more of the growth of the steers and Libby’s ambition to make her father proud. In some ways I can relate to Libby. Being overshadowed to an older sibling you are forever compared to and judged by their accomplishments. Can you do better? The struggle [...]

    13. Libby Ryan a very smart girl with a lot of potential and courage. Now she has to raise two cattle and prove to her dad that she is just as good as her older brother Ronnie. After a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, everything is starting to become a big deal to Libby. Not only is she growing closer to her steels with each passing day but the pressure to win Grand Champion is mounting in her head but Libby’s mother also ropes her into entering the Beef Princess Beauty Pagea [...]

    14. "The arena glowed in the summer night".12-year-old Libby has grown up on a cattle farm, watching her father and grandfather manage the many details. She has also watched her older brother enter calves at the county fair for years. This year, Libby is finally old enough to compete herself, in the Practical County Fair. When she picks out her calves, her daddy warns her not to get attached. Libby knows what happens every year at the auction, but she can't keep herself from losing her heart to her [...]

    15. I was on the Young Hoosier committee that selected this as one of our middle grades titles (after all, it IS set in Indiana!). I enjoyed reading the author's blog and background. (and my husband lived in Warsaw for awhile). I enjoyed the characters, although the Darling girls seemed a bit much at times (but perhaps not for students reading the book). Even Frannie, the four year old, had a fun personality. (I've read that truly gifted children have more than one imaginary friend at a time, althou [...]

    16. To Begin: This is more of a middle grade book, and I knew that going into it, but I wanted to get it because I can relate to it. My dad has a farm and he raises beef cattle, too, so I've grown up around this type of thing.Characters: Libby was a wonderful character. She was well defined, and you can relate to her, and see where she's coming from with the issues she deals with in this book. However, I felt like the adults in the book - her mother, her father, and her grandfather, for the most par [...]

    17. Libby Ryan is getting ready to follow in the family footsteps and raise and show cattle at the county fair. She picks two calves and raises them, wanting to beat the evil Darling sisters (Precious, Lil, and Ohma) who don’t even care about animals, but just want to make money. Libby becomes attached to her calves, Piggy and Mule, and after one of them dies, she wonders if showing cattle is even for her. Should she quit, showing everyone (including her father, who thinks showing cattle isn’t a [...]

    18. I rated this book a five because it fits right with me. It fits with me by Libby the main character lives on a farm and I do to. She also shows steers and I show cows which is similar and I loved the book so much. I recommend this book to everyone because it is really good especially if you show steers and live on a farm. This book is known for more people in there teenage years because that is the time you are showing at a fair.Here is a brief little summary about the book.This book is about a [...]

    19. The Beef Princess Of Practical CountyMichelle HoutsThis book by Michelle Houts is about a girl named Libby who is raising cattle for the Practical county fair. She is trying to beat the Darlings who are also in the pageant at the fair. So in order to beat the Darling trio, Libby raises two calves on her own, and she enters herself into the pageant.This was not the best book in the world, but it was okay. There was quite a bit of completion though which most of the time makes for a good read. For [...]

    20. Fun story about raising a steer for the county fair. I learned a lot about cows and county fairs in this book! Twelve year old Libby lives on an Indiana cattle farm, and has always dreamed of showing a steer that would become the Grand Champion; she wants to outshine her older brother, who's been the family champion cow-show-person. (See, I don't even know how to describe this stuff, I am such a city girl!) She ends up with two steer, one's docile and perfect, while the other is stubborn and orn [...]

    21. Ages 9+ (nothing objectionable, other than catty girls) 7th grader Libby Ryan is from a long line of northern Indiana cattlemen. This year, with her older brother Ronnie starting his freshman year at Purdue, it's up to her to raise the prize steer for the Practical County fair. Supported by her best friend, Carol Ann, and antagonized by the awful Darling sisters (Precious, Lil and Ohma), she develops a close bond with her two steer and struggles with the knowledge that the animals she loves are [...]

    22. This was a nice debut from a new author. YA lit needs more books with rural settings, and this is a solid contribution. Libby Ryan, the heroine, lives on her family farm and discovers the hard way why you never *ever* name livestock. While experiencing the trials and tribulations of raising competitive steers, Libby feels a tad overshadowed by her successful older brother studying Ag at Purdue. The antagonists are the Darling sisters, whose personalities are just as gag-worthy as their names (Pr [...]

    23. I thought this book was okay. It wasn't terrible or anything, but there was just something about it that didn't really grab me. I think in the end it relates to my "schema" (as Dr. Thompson-Book put it). The book is about a girl who is raising her first steer to put into the county fair in hopes that it will be named champion and someone will buy it. It's very much about the country and raising cattle and things like that, which I can't relate to at all. I've never really been around things like [...]

    24. I liked this book for many reasons, but namely because it hit so close to home. I grew up on a farm in rural Ohio and raising livestock for show and sale purposes was a part of life. While I never got too attached to our fair animals, I can identify with Libby in this coming of age story. I liked it because it is the story of where I am and where I came from. I also liked it because Houts writes in such a clear and honest way without pretension. The book is well-written, but never more than what [...]

    25. A must read for all girls, young and old, who have ever showed cattle or anyone who would love to read about a wholesome farming family. I loved it! The market is full of books that are full of depressing topics and how horrible life can be--Yuck! This book makes you laugh and remember what it is like taking care of animals, your family and your family farm. This book is for the girls who work hard on their projects--not just the girls that show up on "Show Day" all dressed up and ready to go be [...]

    26. Very realistic depiction of life on a beef farm. I couldn’t help but find humor in Libby’s story because is was quite similar to my own life. I even shared her brief stint of being a vegetarian when I auctioned off my one and only beef steer Elmer. I rarely eat red meat to this day. Although I enjoyed reading the story, I thought the plot was mundane and predictable. In addition, some of the subplots seemed incomplete and almost unneeded. Especially the pageant competition, I’m not sure ex [...]

    27. Recommended Ages: grades 5-8Twelve-year-old Libby, the daughter of an Indiana cattle farmer, raises two calves in hopes of winning the annual steer competition at the county fair, but fails to follow her father's warning about developing a bond with animals that are destined to be sold at auction.I thought this was a pretty good book. It takes place on a cattle farm in northern Indiana, so I would recommend it for public/school libraries in small, farming communities. The main character was like [...]

    28. Love this book. The Beef Princess of Practical County is tough and an emotional roller coaster--such an exceptional treatment of country life and the people and traditions who sustain it. Even more exceptional for its realistic depiction of a girl's journey to adulthood, with its mix of joy and bitter compromises. The perfect novel for middle readers who want a novel that feels realer than real.

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