Old MacDonald Had a Dragon

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Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had . . . a dragon? The animals aren’t happy that there’s a dragon on the farm. But Old MacDonald likes his dragon . . . until it starts swallowing up the animals! Can Old MacDonald save his farm before it’s too late? Find out in this silly adaptation of the popular song.
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Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had . . . a dragon? The animals aren’t happy that there’s a dragon on the farm. But Old MacDonald likes his dragon . . . until it starts swallowing up the animals! Can Old MacDonald save his farm before it’s too late? Find out in this silly adaptation of the popular song.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Ken Baker puts an unusual spin on the classic children's song, "Old McDonald's Farm," that turns it into a variant of the Scandanavian "Fat Cat" or "Clay Boy" tale. As the story begins, Old McDonald is sitting on the porch, strumming and singing about how he has a dragon on his farm. One by one, the cow, the pig, the sheep, the dog and other farm animals protest against having a dragon on the farm—only to be swallowed up whole by the beast. Even Farmer MacDonald gets consumed, but as they all dance in the belly of the beast they produce a terrible stomach ache that results in a giant burp that sends them soaring back to the farm and the dragon flies off. The language is lively and playful. For example, after swallowing the cow, we hear, "delightful dairy, said the little dragon and with lick of its lips and flash of fire." Santoro's bright colors and exaggerated drawings add to the fun. This definitely could be a favorite read-aloud—and one that supports phonemic awareness. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The farmer who starts singing the old familiar song has a dragon. At the mention of the giant beast, the traditional barnyard residents start complaining. The cow is first, "I've got a beef with you." She threatens to leave if the dragon stays and is swallowed up by the fire-breathing creature. The pig, the sheep, and the dog meet the same fate. Up to this point, the farmer has defended his new addition, but losing the dog makes him confront the dragon, and he is also swallowed. Inside the beast's stomach, the farmer and all the animals start a rousing chorus of "E-I-E-I-Os," and they are all ejected. '"Terrible tummy ache', howled the dragon." He takes off and leaves the farmer, the animals, and the song back in its standard form. There is a lot of clever wordplay here. After the dragon swallows the sheep, he quips, "Marvelous mutton." The digitally created illustrations feature expressive faces and plenty of action. The background is light blue in all the scenes, but the pictures and the characters are varied in size throughout the story, which makes the journey fun. Children are sure to enjoy this amusing twist on the classic song.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461753
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 149,917
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Baker is also the author of Cow Can’t Sleep, illustrated by Steve Gray, and Brave Little Monster, illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes. Ken grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Utah with his family. He enjoys attending writers’ workshops and conferences and presenting his books at schools. Learn more: www.kenbakerbooks.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Captivating Children's Book. Your child will love it

    Santoro's illustrations are vivid and fun. My grandson was wide eyed as I read this to him.I recommend anything by this creative illustrator.

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