Beyond Old McDonald: Funny Poems from down on the Farm

Beyond Old McDonald: Funny Poems from down on the Farm

by Charley Hoce, Eugenie Fernandes
     
 

Old MacDonald had a farm, but what did that oink-oink pig and honk-honk goose really do? They had all sorts of escapades, as readers will discover in this collection of silly, rhyming poems about farm life. Charley Hoce taps his twenty-two years as a classroom teacher to write verse that is perfectly pitched to young children's (sometimes corny) sense of humor. And

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Old MacDonald had a farm, but what did that oink-oink pig and honk-honk goose really do? They had all sorts of escapades, as readers will discover in this collection of silly, rhyming poems about farm life. Charley Hoce taps his twenty-two years as a classroom teacher to write verse that is perfectly pitched to young children's (sometimes corny) sense of humor. And he's deliberately woven in language skills that young children need to practice. "Children love puns, homophones, idioms, and anything that turns convention upside down," says Charley. So a sheep goes on the lam, a cow wears a dress that makes her calves look small, a bull literally teeters in a china shop. Old MacDonald's farm has never been so much fun!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Hoce employs wordplay in many of these 30 selections. About a fearless hen that braves fire or killer bees, he says, "My chicken may be many things/But she surely isn't chicken." Familiar phrases, such as "holy cow," become subjects of poems; only in this barnyard, it's "Holey Cow!" that captures everyone's attention, "For when she takes a tiny step/Milk leaks everywhere." The humor is age appropriate and poems about "ants in my plants" and a hoarse horse will appeal to children who are beginning to enjoy playing with language. Making use of end rhymes, the schemes and rhythms are familiar and predictable. Some of the selections are more successful than others and several phrases, such as "on the lam" or "swan song," might need some explanation. Fernandes's watercolor illustrations are clever and energetic and, in several instances, explain the verbal jokes. This book is fun, but it's also excellent for classroom use; a "Wordplay Guide" that indicates language skills, such as identifying homophones, personification, and idioms, is appended.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In 30 short verses, an educator puts an assortment of livestock through some unusual paces to demonstrate homophones, personification, alliteration and such other "language skills" as idioms and puns, e.g., "I went under the fence this morning. / No one knows where I am. / I love the freedom that I've found. / I'm a sheep that's on the lam." Fernandes surrounds each poem with crowded, lively scenes of cheerful livestock and rural folk, from a dancing cow in a muumuu ("it makes her calves look small") to a bevy of ovine recreationers in search of "sheep thrills." Hoce makes no effort to be systematic, though he does identify a few of his examples in a closing list; readers or listeners may still be inspired by his efforts to try some wordplay of their own. (Poetry. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590783122
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,185,690
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Charley Hoce lives in West Manchester, Ohio, with his wife, Joanele, and their son, C.J. Although he has never lived on a farm, he has felt sheepish, bullish, chicken, and shocked.

Eugenie Fernandes spent much of her childho

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