A story of a farm family in US history

eBook for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students

Desert Almond Farmer as an eBook for elementary school students

Students can get a sense of what it was like to attend an old one-room schoolhouse with one teacher responsible for grades from one through eight.


This enhanced digital version of Desert Almond Farmer is presented in a simulated one-room schoolhouse setting. Sound effects and voice-over talent bring the setting to life. For example:

      • A female voice, in the role of a teacher, announces each chapter and introduces words to broaden the students’ vocabulary. 
      • A question-and-answer session at the end of each chapter is done with voiceover talent.


Young readers can engage with the eBook through sound, illustrations, and the author’s writing style. However, when it’s time for active reading, students are allowed to read at their own pace and without distractions. The eBook is designed for students to work independently, enabling parents and teachers to ease the pressures on their time just a bit, especially helpful during the pandemic.


Students will learn what a farm family experienced a hundred years ago. In the process, they will learn something about California agriculture history and the care this family gave to growing almonds in the Mojave Desert.



Desert Almond Farmer is based on a true story beginning in the year 1885. It was written and illustrated by Mary Kaye Godde Stamets, granddaughter of the main character of the book. She grew up on the land he homesteaded.