Farmer's Dog Goes to the Forest: Rhymes for Two Voices

Farmer's Dog Goes to the Forest: Rhymes for Two Voices

by David L. Harrison, Arden Johnson-Petrov
     
 

Farmer's famous dog is back! In his first adventure (in the popular Farmer's Garden), the ever-curious dog interviews everything from worms to carrots to cats. Now he's off to the forest to meet new friends and ask more questions: Woodpecker, Woodpecker what do you see? Squirrel, Squirrel, what's the matter? Brook, Brook, where do you flow?

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Farmer's famous dog is back! In his first adventure (in the popular Farmer's Garden), the ever-curious dog interviews everything from worms to carrots to cats. Now he's off to the forest to meet new friends and ask more questions: Woodpecker, Woodpecker what do you see? Squirrel, Squirrel, what's the matter? Brook, Brook, where do you flow?

David L. Harrison's charming rhymes for two voices, with gentle illustrations by Arden Johnson-Petrov, provide young readers with plenty of lighthearted fun while they participate in Dog's newest adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The farmer's dog, first introduced in The Farmer's Garden, goes into the forest for a new adventure. Once there, he talks in poetic verse with a number of woodland animals as well as the trail on which he walks, the grass in which he rolls, and the brook in which he swims. The poems are all set up in a question/answer format that is easy for young readers to follow; the variety of poems provides humor—"Brook, Brook, where do you flow?/Between my banks wherever they go./I could jump across, I bet./If you miss you'll get all wet!"—and occasionally, a touch of seriousness. The two-voice poems remind me vividly of Paul Fleischman's Newbery winning Joyful Noise. The illustrations are dense in composition and fit the forest theme exceptionally well. Children will appreciate the detail in the animal faces and the general energy on the pages. Young readers will enjoy the book because they will be able to read it easily. A good choice for dog lovers. 2005, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this sequel to Farmer's Garden (Boyds Mills, 2000), a dog wanders the forest, greeting everything he sees with lines of singsong verse, such as "Tortoise, Tortoise,/why so slow?" or "Tree, Tree,/You're so tall!" Each one answers back, but these simplistic rhymed exchanges sound awkward and forced. For example, when observing that Owl looks out of sorts, Dog says, "Last night if you/had gone to bed,/you wouldn't be so grumpy." Owl responds: "I'd like to sleep/today instead./So you are making me/grumpy!" Dog meets 14 animals and objects in all, before reuniting with the farmer. Each question/response is related in six lines of verse or less, and the dog's repetitive, insipid queries quickly lose their charm. The pastel illustrations are pleasant, but, at times, unformed and rather amateurishly composed. Pass on this flavorless offering.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In short poems arranged for two voices, a dog converses with forest denizens (owl, moth, squirrel) and features (a trail, a brook, a tree): "Woodpecker, / Woodpecker, / what do you see? / Juicy bugs / inside this tree!" Some of the exchanges are inane-to a hungry spider: "Spider, Spider, / looking thinner. / Haven't had a thing for dinner! / Maybe you built your web too high. / I want to catch a buzzy fly! /And if the fly just buzzes by? / I'll sit here by myself and sigh"-but Harrison does at least vary the verse structure toward the end, and Johnson-Petrov's woodland scenes, thinly brushed onto rough canvas, feature an appealingly wide-eyed border collie that bounds about all day, then returns for an affectionate nose-to-nose reunion with his master. An acceptable, if uneven, read-aloud candidate. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590782422
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,346,457
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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