Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woodsby Mary Quattlebaum, Laura J. Bryant
Old MacDonald had a . . . woods? Yes! Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures in the woods at her grandfather's farm. Noisy ones, quiet ones, and a few surprises. This delightful variation on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the woodland habitat while engaging little ones with rhythm and wordplay. See more details below
Old MacDonald had a . . . woods? Yes! Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures in the woods at her grandfather's farm. Noisy ones, quiet ones, and a few surprises. This delightful variation on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the woodland habitat while engaging little ones with rhythm and wordplay.
PreS-Gr 2—In this third Jo MacDonald book, eco-friendly partners Quattlebaum and Bryant encourage a sing-along for this woodlands exploration. Secretly followed by a squirrel, Old MacDonald and his granddaughter sight a woodpecker, turkey, chipmunk, snake, turtle, skunk, moth, and owl before heading home. Bryant's watercolors balance whimsy with studied detail. Closing pages provide a paragraph of facts on each creature, in addition to eight flora from the preceding pictures. There are also suggested extension activities and details about trees in general. Quattlebaum's varied animal sounds entertain and Bryant's softly hued spreads keep the hike merry.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Quattlebaum and Bryant continue their nature-themed sing-along books with one focused on the sounds of the forest animals. Jo MacDonald and her grandfather head out for a hike in the woods, the familiar childhood song inspiring the pair to describe the animal sounds they hear: the rat-tat of a woodpecker, the err-err of a squirrel, the gobble-gobble of a turkey and more. The hoo-hoo of an owl ends the day, Jo in her grandfather's arms. Some of the sounds may test (and fail!) the limits of human hearing--the chomp-chomp of a chipmunk eating, a snake's slither-slither, the shuffle-shuffle of a turtle, the pad-pad of a skunk and a moth's flutter-flutter. Bryant's watercolors are sweetly lovely, not only capturing the relationship between the girl and her grandfather (though their faces could be more expressive), but also simplifying the nature scenes in order to highlight the important parts of the ecosystem and to allow young children to easily spot the featured animal and the squirrel that appears in each spread. Backmatter includes extensive information about trees; a paragraph of information about each of the animals, plants and trees in the illustrations; a section on how to emulate Jo, a naturalist; and a list of questions (not all of which can be answered by the text as the directions state--kids may be hard-pressed to draw a squirrel's drey, for instance). The weakest of Jo's three adventures; still, this could be a good checklist for young children to use on their own animal-spotting, or -listening, hike. (Picture book. 3-7)
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