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Overview

Award-winning illustrator Will Hillenbrand's cheerful artwork and Merrily Kutner's fun-filled, energetic text will make this board book a lap-sit favorite.

Down on the farm roosters call, horses neigh, turkeys squabble, and geese kerplonk as Kid the goat's hilarious antics cause trouble from sunup to sundown.

Simple rhyming text describes the sounds and activities of animals during a day on the farm.

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Publishers Weekly
Employing rhyming verse and kicky ink-and-oil paintings, Kutner (Z Is for Zombie) and Hillenbrand (Kiss the Cow) serve as guides on a boisterous barnyard tour that shines the spotlight on animal sounds and behaviors. From sunup when "Kid wakes up!" to sundown when it's "Shh! Quiet Town," a young goat romps around the farm to visit his friends-and stir up some fun. Hillenbrand depicts the kid in free-rein-fun mode, providing a visual story that playfully extends Kutner's somewhat basic concepts. While "Crows peck straw-/ Caw. Caw. Caw./ Down on the farm,/ Down on the farm," the kid can be seen tugging an old boot off the scarecrow, an item he carries with him to each new scene and that eventually becomes stuck on his head. Throughout, Hillenbrand simplifies his typical style to match Kutner's tone, showing less detail than usual. He uses thick black outlines for his animal characters and other basic background shapes, and he applies his characteristically rich textures only selectively, sometimes focusing readers' attention but sometimes creating uneven- or unpolished-looking spreads. Very young children will surely enjoy the kid's antics, as well as the energetic encouragement to quack, "nay" and gobble along with the animals here. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This story follows a little goat on his daily tour of the farm. On each page he gets into some sort of trouble while the other animals look on. What makes this book enjoyable is its format: each page is a four-line stanza in a longer poem. The first line introduces the animal, "Crows peck straw." The second line mimics the animal's sound, "Caw, caw, caw." The last two lines are the same on every page, "Down on the farm, DOWN ON THE FARM." Young readers love to participate in the reading process, even before they can read the text, and this book is an open invitation to them. Another group that would enjoy this title is intermediate readers with younger siblings. The easy text would allow them to be the storytellers. The illustrations are colorful and exciting and clue in readers to the meaning of the text. This book is a new classic. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 3 to 7.
—Heather Robertson
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
This story follows a little goat on his daily tour of the farm. On each page he gets into some sort of trouble while the other animals look on. What makes this book enjoyable is its format. Each page is a four-line stanza in a longer poem. The first line introduces the animal: "Crows peck straw." The second line mimics the animal's sound: "Caw, caw, caw." The last two lines are the same on every page: "Down on the farm, DOWN ON THE FARM." Young readers love to participate in the reading process, even before they can read the text, and this book is an open invitation to them. Another group that would enjoy this title is intermediate readers with younger siblings. The easy text would allow them to be the storytellers. The illustrations are colorful and exciting and clue in readers to the meaning of the text. This book has been reissued in board book form. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
School Library Journal
PreS-K-"Sun comes up./Kid wakes up!/Down on the farm,/Down on the farm." Kid, a mischievous young goat, begins the day by startling the rooster that crows in alarm. Next, he steals the scarecrow's boot, while the "Crows peck straw-/Caw, caw, caw" and the "Horses say,/`Nay, nay, nay.'/Down on the farm." When Kid jumps into the pond, the ducks and geese quack and honk frantically. Throughout the day, the young goat's antics elicit raucous responses from all of the other animals, until the sun goes down and, finally, all is quiet. Listeners will delight in following Kid's adventures. The spirited but simple rhyming text showcases the varied sounds of familiar animals, and is perfect for the toddler set. Done in oils and inks, the action-packed cartoon artwork is rich, vivid, and charming. With its large-format illustrations, repeated refrain, and irresistible farmyard sounds, this book will make a great interactive read-aloud.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The three R's-rhythm, rhyme, and repetition-are harvested abundantly in this simple, sing-song introduction to farm animals for toddlers. Horses say "nay, nay, nay," geese "kerplonk" and "honk, honk, honk," and dogs on the roof go "woof, woof, woof," presenting a straightforward peek at standard farm residents in their element. Aside from a few tiny lyrical and visual twists, it's familiar territory that overlaps Old McDonald's home turf with its elementary foundation of a "moo, moo, moo" roll-call structure designed to invite call-and-response participation from young listeners. Rhythmically, each four-line "verse" solidly hits its mark, creating a natural, bouncy read-aloud, particularly for preschool groups and one-on-one lap-reading interaction. Accompanying art is appropriately lighthearted and basic, if not overly simplistic due largely to heavy black outlines that give the flat images a slightly rudimentary, coloring-book quality that suits the text. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823421770
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Merrily Kutner is the author of several popular children's books, such as Z is for Zombie, which Booklist called "great for reading aloud." She wrote Down on the Farm for her daughter, who liked to prance around the house making animal sounds. She lives in southern California.

Will Hillenbrand is an author and illustrator of many books for children, including Calendar by Myra Cohn Livingston. Visit his website at willhillenbrand.com.
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  • Posted November 13, 2013

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    Great book, lovely pictures, and Kutner's lyrical quality to her

    Great book, lovely pictures, and Kutner's lyrical quality to her writing makes this book a hit with young children!

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  • Anonymous

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    Darling Book

    My grandson is almost two and loves to make animal sounds. This book with it's colorful, action-filled illustrations and charming rhymes is perfect for him. He gets to see the animals in action and hear the sounds that are familiar to him. It is a terrific book for little ones!

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