Farm Flu

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Ka-choo! Who's sneezing? It's the cow, the chickens, the pigs, the turkeys, the donkey and the sheep! All the farm animals have the flu, and Mom is out of town. Luckily, her son knows just what his mom would do, if it were he who had the flu!

When the farm animals seem to catch the flu one after another, a young boy does his best to take care of them.

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Ka-choo! Who's sneezing? It's the cow, the chickens, the pigs, the turkeys, the donkey and the sheep! All the farm animals have the flu, and Mom is out of town. Luckily, her son knows just what his mom would do, if it were he who had the flu!

When the farm animals seem to catch the flu one after another, a young boy does his best to take care of them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bateman's (The Ring of Truth) sweetly silly rhyming tale of mounting chaos triggered by good intentions inspires Westcott's (Skip to My Lou) menagerie of familiar animals to mimic some over-the-top human behavior. Tending the farm while his mother is away, the boy narrator hears the dairy cow sneeze, "Ka-Chooo!... I'd never helped a sickly cow," he says, adding, in what becomes the book's refrain, "But I knew what my mom would do/ if it were me who had the flu." He puts the guernsey to bed--literally--but soon finds he has an epidemic on his hands. The next day, as he notes a donkey gorging on chocolate donuts and a pig listening to a Walkman, it dawns on the boy that there is a corollary to the example set by his mother: coddling has its limits. "Too sick to be outside, I see,/ Then you're too sick to watch TV!/ No toys, no games, just stay in bed./ No popcorn--/ you'll have mush instead!" The boy restores order, but finds that he, too, has come down with the flu. On the last page, the animals kindly minister to him. Westcott's drawings lack the loopy looseness that characterizes her best works, and the book's squarish format cramps the expansiveness of her visual whimsy. But enough fun and folly burst from these pages to make this a literary chicken soup for any young, temporary invalid. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A boy takes care of a cow that has come down with the flu and suddenly it seems the whole barnyard is under the weather. "This sweetly silly rhyming tale of mounting chaos triggered by good intentions inspires Westcott's menagerie of familiar animals to mimic some over-the-top human behavior," said PW. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Being a farmer can be very hard work. The boy who helps his mother on this farm has a big problem on his hands when his mother is away. One by one the animals on the farm come down with the flu. It all begins with the cow. The boy isn't quite sure what to do with a flu-ish cow so he does "just what my Mom would do, if it were me who had the flu." He puts the sick cow to bed, brings her hot alfalfa tea and fluffs her pillows. Then, in rapid succession, the rest of the animals on the farm get sick. The boy doggedly sticks to doing "just what my Mom would do" and soon the house is bulging with chickens, piglets, turkeys, a donkey, and a flock of sheep. Each sick animal is lovingly tended and cared for. Finally, one morning, the boy wakes up to the welcome sound of silence. There are no more "Ka-choo's" from any of the animals. And yet, none of the animals are willing to return to the barnyard. What does the boy do? Why, he does "just what Mom would do," of course. Soon enough the animals leave the house. All should be well except that the boy now has the flu. Now it is the job of the animals to do "just what Mom would do." With catchy rhymes, gentle humor, and bright colorful illustrations this is a perfect 'get well' book. 2001, Albert Whitman and Co,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
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PreS-Gr 2-A humorous rhyming story that's as much fun to look at as it is to read. Mom leaves the farm in her son's hands for the day and while she is gone, the animals all come down with the flu. Caring for the sick creatures in the manner that he knows his mother would care for him, the boy puts the cow to bed, complete with tissues and alfalfa tea; "popped the piglets in the tub/and gave them all a belly rub"; and makes popcorn for the donkey. And when the animals begin having too much fun being sick, the child removes their TV, toys, games, and popcorn, just as his mother would do, resulting in an instant cure. Westcott's lively illustrations add comedic touches throughout. The turkey working the TV remote control and the chickens sipping from juice boxes are sure to elicit giggles. Great fun for reading aloud.-Kathy M. Newby, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Russiaville, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807522745
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Everyone is very aware of the flu concerns that are swirling thr

    Everyone is very aware of the flu concerns that are swirling through the media these days. I found this cute little book that might help ease anxiety regarding the dreaded flu shots. It may calm some fears if the actual event itself should come and invade your home for a while.  Hopefully this book will impart useful information to your child and create soothing conversations regarding the flu protocol in your own home.                                                                                       
        This is a humorous, silly rhyming story of mounting chaos.  A mother leaves her son in charge of the farm one day and many animals come down with the flu.  Caring for the sick creatures in the manner that he knows his mother would care for him, the book’s refrain is:” But I knew what my mom would do/if it were me who had the flu.”  This gives lots of opportunity to discuss what your mom does for you when you have the flu and how your own personal household will handle the dilemma.  The boy puts the cow in bed; complete with tissues and alfalfa tea and he pops the piglets into the tub to give them a belly rub.   He even makes popcorn for the sick donkey to ease his pain and suffering.  




    The pictures are expressive and very hilarious. They truly make the text come alive. The boy discovers that pampering has its limits and he is being taken advantage of so he removes all the toys and the TV,  just as his mother would do, resulting in instant wellness and healing in the animals.  After all his nurturing and effort the boy himself comes down with the flu and well…read it to see what transpires.  It is a great, fun read aloud.  Seeing the turkey work the remote control and the chickens sipping juice boxes will bring lots of smiles and giggles to your family. I would recommend you get a copy and add it to your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    Wonderful!

    This is a fresh, sweet rhyming story. My 2-year-old loves it, as do I. The illustrations are bright and fun; we anxiously await more from this author/illustrator team.

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