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The Magic of the Farm combines the rural flavor of James Rebanks’ Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey, (Custom House 2021, UK: English Pastoral) and the farm world of James Herriot, with the dry humor of northern Vermonters.


The Magic of the Farm gives presence and face to this region like Jim Sterba’s Frankie’s Place (Grove Press 2003) does for Maine’s Acadia. Seven related stories contain several extended conversations and cover three generations of people who grew up on small dairy farms.




Philip Urie was born in the Northeast Kingdom town of Barton, Orleans County, Vermont at the “Cottage Hospital” in 1952. His wife Frances was raised in Bakersfield and St. Albans in northwestern Vermont. They raised their three children in Swanton. Phil attended Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh and received a master’s degree in 2000.



Roderick Wells (1931-2019) earned degrees at Columbia University. He was a professional illustrator, artist and teacher whose work appeared in books and magazines, including House Beautiful, Gourmet, and The New Yorker. His work has aptly been described as "Romantic Realism".



RELIGION: Christian Life – Inspirational

Science & Math: Biological Sciences – Animals

Science & Math: Biological Sciences – Animal Inspector



farm life; books about farm; farm life books; life on the farm; animal inspector; dairy farm books


The Magic of the Farm

SKU: 9781597557641
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