Published: 28/02/2014
ISBN: 9781783061198
eISBN: 9781783069088
Format: Paperback/eBook

"Within her books, Mairi McLellan has done something many children's authors are unable to do: she has created non-fiction books that are compelling and highly readable. May all of children's non-fiction literature begin to engage students as McLellan's books do. If this is a new trend in children's books, teachers across the US would be so grateful.”
Mrs Moyer, 5th & 6th Grade teacher (10-12 year olds), USA. more

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Mairi and her husband run a croft farming Highland cattle and operate boat charters amongst the stunning scenery of the northwest Highlands of Scotland. The What do the grown-ups do? series of boo... read more

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Papa the Stockfarmer
What do the grown-ups do?
by Mairi McLellan

Papa the Stockfarmer is the second book of the series What Do the Grown-Ups Do?

The stories are based on life in the north-west Highlands of Scotland in a village called Badaneel and follow three local girls as they investigate the world of grown-up jobs. Designed for children aged 5-10 years, their aim is to help children understand different jobs and educate them about working life in a light-hearted manner. Whilst in story format, they are also factual, based on a real place, written about real people.

Papa the stockfarmer calls the children one morning to ask for help moving the cattle and the girls embark on an adventure where things don’t exactly go as planned! During their work on the farm, they learn about the difference between high and low ground farming, how to make silage so that the animals have food in the winter, how the cattle ‘poo’ can improve the ground, and how to save a baby calf!

Other books in the series include: Joe the Fisherman, Sean the Actor, Fiona the Doctor and Richard the Vet.

“My children constantly ask, ‘What do the grown ups do at work?’ It was this interest that sparked the idea for the books. Whilst they love to play, they are equally eager to tag along with the adults, learning new things,” says Mairi, about her inspiration for the series. “I thought it would be useful to educate them about the workplace and broaden their ideas for their life ahead. Although the message is educational, it is designed to be fun too,” she said.

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Coming soon in the What do the grown-ups do? include:

Book 1: Joe the Fisherman
Book 2: Papa the Stockfarmer
Book 3: Sean the Actor
Book 4: Fiona the Doctor
Book 5: Richard the Vet
Book 6: Gordon the Wildlife film maker
and many more…

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This series is very intriguing. I am particularly drawn to the fact that you are including work that is often ignored in our society. I urge you to do more of these working class related texts. I will buy these to add to my collection of books about labor/work. I can see these being high interest for children. And the photos are great.

by Jaye Thiel

“What a refreshing an innovative way of introducing children to career possibilities in later life. A delightful series of books which gently guides younger children through the adult world of work. The accompanying photos of the main characters bring the lives of Joe the Fisherman, Fiona the Doctor and Papa the Stockfarmer to life.”

by Louise Webster

“This series is a great way of demystifying the grown-ups’ world for children. I look forward to the next few titles.”

by Mike Gartside

“They are fun, charming, educational books perfect for introducing the world around us to enquiring minds, whilst remaining interesting for adults too. Quite simply they’re fantastic educational books that won’t fail to fascinate and entertain all readers!”

by Sprouts Magazine

“What brilliant books to help create a mindset for children. My girls would never have seen a calf being born nor have they ever ‘baited a line’. They found these books very interesting and informative and I enjoyed reading with them. I would highly recommend them for every boy and girl from the age of 5 and up.”


These are some very interesting books. They are filled with information, but it doesn't seem like it's being shoved in your face. The kids ask basic questions, but you don't feel like the author thinks you're stupid. I hope there are many more to come in this series.

by Allison Dollar


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