Jo MacDonald Had a Garden

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Old MacDonald had a ... garden? Yes! Sing along with young Jo MacDonald as she grows healthy food for people and wild creatures. E-I-E-I-O! Find out how butterflies, bumblebees, and birds help a garden to thrive - and how a child can help too. And keep an eye on one mysterious plant. What will it become? Youngsters learn about gardens in this playful adaptation of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm.

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Overview

Old MacDonald had a ... garden? Yes! Sing along with young Jo MacDonald as she grows healthy food for people and wild creatures. E-I-E-I-O! Find out how butterflies, bumblebees, and birds help a garden to thrive - and how a child can help too. And keep an eye on one mysterious plant. What will it become? Youngsters learn about gardens in this playful adaptation of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm.

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Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Planting a garden can provide food for people and animals. Birds, insects and other creatures can settle down in a safe eco-friendly environment that children can be proud of. Children will also love watching their newly planted garden sprout to life. Children can read along and sing a song to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm" with Jo, the granddaughter of Old McDonald, and her friend. Young readers and parents too, will clap their hands and tap their toes while watching the progress of the garden appear from one page to the next. Jo and her friend plant radishes, lettuce, sunflowers and summer squash. They water and till the soil and watch their garden grow and grow. "And in that garden flew a bird, E-I-E-I-O. With a flit-flit here and a flit-flit there, here a flit, there a flit, everywhere a flit-flit. Jo MacDonald had a garden, E-I-E-I-O." Quattlebaum has created a fun way to teach children about gardening. Soft pastel illustrations truly invite young readers along to plant, sing and learn about gardens. The back of the book offers information about community gardening. Kids will learn how earthworms are a gardener's best friend or how toads eat pesky insects that can harm the plants. Also included are indoor activities, how to be a beginning gardener and website resources that will help readers choose and cultivate the most suitable seeds and plants. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard
School Library Journal
Gr 2—To the reworking of the familiar song, the author has brought the four seasons of a garden to life. Jo, the redheaded granddaughter of Old MacDonald, and her friend Mike enjoy the outdoors and the work of planting a wildlife-friendly garden. The dirt flies from the shovel "with a dig-dig here, and a dig-dig there," and the kids flap their arms like a bird's wings, "with a flit-flit here, and a flit-flit there." The observant eye will find seven wild creatures enjoying the garden, and careful readers will read the plant labels and find the seven that are featured. Two concluding pages identify the flora and fauna and suggest relevant indoor activities, such as drawing a picture of the sunflower, planting a seed, and naming the four vegetables Jo and Mike planted. Pretty to look at, easy to sing along to, and a nice introduction to wildlife-habitat creation.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Quattlebaum and Bryant follow up their successful Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond (2011) with new lyrics to the same song, while keeping the nature focus. This time, Jo MacDonald and her cousin Mike make a garden. From digging the earth and planting the seeds, to watering, harvesting and enjoying the "fruits" of their labors, the two care for their garden habitat and the animals that visit it. Readers can tend their own imaginary gardens along with the pair, as the illustrations and text suggest motions to accompany the familiar tune. Careful observers can track the new plants and animals that arrive with each page turn and read more about them in the backmatter, which also includes some garden facts and tips, comprehension questions, activity extension ideas and a list of resources for gardening information specifically geared toward children. Bryant's watercolors reflect a childlike enthusiasm. While her whole-garden view allows readers to track the animals and plants that accumulate throughout the song, this also makes it difficult to spy the smallest ones. Second in the series, this title is not quite as strong as the first. The two-syllable "garden" slightly mars the rhythm of the song, while the verses are not as easy to predict, making it harder for audiences to sing along. Still, this is likely to be a popular spring and garden story time choice. Get out the seed catalogs. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584691655
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Jo MacDonald Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 496,656
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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