Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo

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Rooster crows,
Cock-a-doodle-doo.
Wake up, girls,
And little boys, too.

Breakfast ham pop-pops, cows moo as they're being milked, girls feed clucking hens, and boys split wood—whack! When chores are done, rockers squeak, and kids play game whiles Grandma's knitting ...

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Overview

Rooster crows,
Cock-a-doodle-doo.
Wake up, girls,
And little boys, too.

Breakfast ham pop-pops, cows moo as they're being milked, girls feed clucking hens, and boys split wood—whack! When chores are done, rockers squeak, and kids play game whiles Grandma's knitting needles click and the clock ticks.

Jim Aylesworth uses rhythms that are reminiscent of reel music, rhyme, and onomatopoeia to write about a day in the life of a farm family. To illustrate this joyful text, Brad Sneed draws inspiration from the American regionalism art movement and creates figures that are earthy, yet elegant and heroic. This book is a celebration of work, play, family, food, and farm life!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Pops, clucks, and drips are just a few of the fun sounds on a farm. Join a large family as they wake up and go about their chores, playing, and family life. The rhyming words tell an entertaining story about life and sounds during a day on the farm. The illustrations are beautiful, comical, and larger than life. Each picture adds so much to the story and will fascinate young readers. The old fashioned mill wheel, water pump, and stove will give children an idea of an earlier period and prompt discussions about the things we no longer use in our homes. This book brought a charm to every day farm life that my children loved. The words are simple enough for an early reader to handle. The story and pictures are geared toward three to six-year-olds, but adults will enjoy it as well. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—"Rooster crows,/Cock-a-doodle-doo" and "Ham pop-pops/In the frying pan" to waken this jovial farm family as the various members launch into a rhythmic romp through a typically busy day. Short, simple sentences full of onomatopoeia describe cows mooing in the milking shed, hens clucking as they are fed, and Papa shoeing the mare, "tap, tap, tap." Sneed uses soft lines and watercolor paintings that are full of realistic detail, evoking the feel of traditional farms from a bygone era. The realistic and larger-than-life characters are as joyful and bouncy as Aylesworth's singsong text. By the end, readers will practically hear the crickets chirping in the night air as the rocking chairs creak on the porch. Listeners will enjoy this energetic celebration of rural family life, which is perfect for any farm-themed storyhour.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
What can you hear on a farm? The titular "cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, and moo," just to start. Crisp, clear lines rich in onomatopoeia describe a day from morning to night in this nostalgic paean to life on a farm, while stylized, retro watercolors provide a humorous look at the farm's residents, both animal and human. From start ("Rooster crows, / Cock-a-doodle-doo. / Wake up, girls, / And little boys, too") to finish ("Owl calls out / Hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo. / Goodnight, boys, / And little girls, too"), this agreeable selection delivers the sounds, look and atmosphere of an old-time farm. Young children will enjoy the strong rhymes and catchy beat, which beckon them to join in, and appreciate the introduction to some of the specifics of the world of a farm, including cooking, chores and the rhythm of nature. Sneed's characters, both animal and human, and backgrounds are rendered with curving, sometimes off-kilter lines, constantly evoking motion and complementing the rhythmic text. In composition and perspective, they echo the heroic murals of the Works Progress Administration. He fills the pages with details (a swallow feeds its babies at its nest under the eaves) and humor (a pig squints lazily up from its bed in the mud). A snapshot of country life full of sounds and sentiment. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423569
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 487,537
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

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    The rhyming words tell an entertaining story about life and soun

    The rhyming words tell an entertaining story about life and sounds on the farm for a large family. It showcases their meals, their chores, their playing and their family life, as it follows them from waking up to going to sleep again that night. The illustrations are beautiful, comical, and larger than life. Each picture adds so much more to the story and will fascinate young readers. The old fashioned pictures of the mill wheel, water pump, and stove will give the children an idea of earlier life and prompt discussion about an earlier time. This book brought charm to every day farm life that my children loved. The story and pictures are geared toward ages 3-6, but adults will enjoy it as well. We will be keeping this book to enjoy and will definitely be looking for more by this author.

    I received this book free of charge from Children's Literature in exchange for my honest review.

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