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Old MacDonald had a . . . pond? Yes! Come along with Jo, Old MacDonald's granddaughter, and learn about the wild creatures at the pond. You'll find fish, frogs, ducks - and a few surprises. This delightful variation on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the concept of ecosystems. Author Mary Quattlebaum engages little ones with rhythm, repetition, wordplay, and onomatopoeia and illustrator Laura Bryant charms them with lively watercolors of a pond ...
Old MacDonald had a . . . pond? Yes! Come along with Jo, Old MacDonald's granddaughter, and learn about the wild creatures at the pond. You'll find fish, frogs, ducks - and a few surprises. This delightful variation on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the concept of ecosystems. Author Mary Quattlebaum engages little ones with rhythm, repetition, wordplay, and onomatopoeia and illustrator Laura Bryant charms them with lively watercolors of a pond community.
A sing-along inspired by the sights and sounds of a pond.
When Jo visits her grandfather's farm, she observes the plants and animals she finds by the pond, sketching them so she can share them with Old MacDonald later. She first notices the reeds, and the sound they make: "Jo MacDonald saw a pond, / E-I-E-I-O. / And in that pond she saw some reeds, / E-I-E-I-O. / With a swish-swish here...." The familiar tune starts on page one and never misses a beat, begging kids to participate. Indeed, the rollicking atmosphere during a sharing of this book will likely be in marked contrast to what is happening inside it. As Jo settles in to watch, her quietness and stillness pay off as some animals gradually emerge: fish, frogs, ducks, a bird, a few coons, some deer and a dragonfly. Backmatter includes Jo's final sketch (delightfully childlike) as well a paragraph about each animal, a list of books about ponds and some activities that can help youngsters be a naturalist like Jo. Observant readers will notice the clever design of the illustrations that hides the last-mentioned animal and the next one within the spread. Bryant's softly colored watercolor creatures echo Jo's rosy-cheeked childhood innocence and have just a touch of expression in their faces.
Sure to inspire a rousing storytime, this is also likely to encourage readers to explore the world around them. (Picture book. 3-8)
Posted October 20, 2011
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2011
Did you know that Old MacDonald, who "had a farm," also had a granddaughter? When Jo MacDonald visits her grandfather's farm, she sees a pond, "E-I-E-I-O." What does she find there? She hears cattail reeds swishing, bluegill fish blurping, a bullfrog croaking, mallard ducks quacking, a red-winged blackbird screeing, a raccoon chatting, a white-tailed deer flicking its tail, and a green darner dragonfly whirring. Can you guess what one of the fish might try to do when it sees the dragonfly?
The classic children's song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" has helped generations of children learn about animals on a farm. Now his granddaughter, Jo MacDonald, uses the same tune to encourage youngsters to discover all the interesting plants and animals around the farm's pond. Author Mary Quattlebaum grew up in the country surrounded by woods, fields, and a pond just like Jo MacDonald's. Her text will engage little ones' ears with rhythm, repetition, wordplay, and onomatopoeia, and illustrator Laura Bryant's lively watercolors of the pond community, along with Jo, the plants, and the animals, will charm their eyes.
From an educational standpoint, the book introduces the concept of ecosystems. Endnotes feature a color and matching activity, further information about the plants and animals in the pond ecosystem, resources on how to learn more about ponds, and suggestions for becoming a naturalist like Jo. More downloadable indoor and outdoor activities for children using this book may be found at the publisher's website. Children are very curious about the natural world, so they're invited to come along with Jo MacDonald, and Grandpa, to learn about the wild creatures at the pond on the farm, including fish, frogs, ducks, and a few surprises too!
Posted January 6, 2012
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Posted May 17, 2011
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