Father Grumble

Overview

The hilarious, classic folksong about domestic rivalry is brought to life in this vibrantly illustrated picture book. Father Grumble believes he is more capable at performing household chores than his wife is. She agrees to go into the field to plow if he does her work at home and in the farmyard. Father Grumble encounters so many domestic challenges that he must confess it is more difficult to run a household than to plow a field. Based on the 15th-century "Ballad of a Tyrannical Husband," this ...

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Overview

The hilarious, classic folksong about domestic rivalry is brought to life in this vibrantly illustrated picture book. Father Grumble believes he is more capable at performing household chores than his wife is. She agrees to go into the field to plow if he does her work at home and in the farmyard. Father Grumble encounters so many domestic challenges that he must confess it is more difficult to run a household than to plow a field. Based on the 15th-century "Ballad of a Tyrannical Husband," this delightful picture book includes a link to the downloadable song, "Father Grumble."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Based on a classic folksong, Father Grumble is a bearded old man, who challenged his wife that he could do more work in one day than she could in three. His wife accepted the challenge, and began doing Father Grumble's chores one by one. First, she drove the plow and milked Tiny the cow. It would be up to Father Grumble to feed the little pigs, watch the bracket hen so she did not lay her eggs where they could not be found, and a reel of yarn must be wound. Father Grumble was expecting Tiny the cow to cooperate, and when she did not, it just made his day longer, and harder. By the time his day was over, Father Grumble was more than happy to agree: his wife did more work in one day than he did in three. This folksong is a reminder that things are not always what they seem. The vivid illustrations bring the characters and animals to life. Beautifully painted, each page creates its own story. A fully notated version with all the words is included at the end of the book. This is a charming story for young readers who should relate to the chores that are completed at home. Reviewer: Debby Willett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579997564
  • Publisher: Gia Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: First Steps in Music series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,040,303
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Feierabend is the author of The Crabfish, Frog in the Meadow, My Aunt Came Back, Ride Away on Your Horses, Round and Round the Garden, and There Was a Man and He Was Mad. He is a professor of music education at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Erik Plude is an illustrator whose work has been recognized in numerous competitions, including the Connecticut Art Directors' Annual Awards Show and the Yale New Haven Paint & Clay Club competition. They both live in Hartford, Connecticut.

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