Old MacDonald Had Her Farm

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Old MacDonald had a farm like you've never seen before!

With a nod to the familiar refrain E-I-E-I-O, a day on this farm is framed by the vowels A-E-I-O-U?and sometimes Y.

Old MacDonald appears in an explosion of color and, starting with the letter A, proceeds to "saw barn planks, stack sacks, crank cranks, and whack gnats." The day progresses as every vowel is featured in action-packed bursts of lively text. ...

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Overview

Old MacDonald had a farm like you've never seen before!

With a nod to the familiar refrain E-I-E-I-O, a day on this farm is framed by the vowels A-E-I-O-U—and sometimes Y.

Old MacDonald appears in an explosion of color and, starting with the letter A, proceeds to "saw barn planks, stack sacks, crank cranks, and whack gnats." The day progresses as every vowel is featured in action-packed bursts of lively text. Old MacDonald has devised a myriad of tools to make her job if not easier, then a lot more fun.

In chaotic scenes filled with pulleys, catapults, and flying machines, the farm becomes the background for a circus-like riot of fantastic contraptions.

With dozens of details to discover, and hilarious tongue-twisting text, this book is destined to become a favorite.

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Editorial Reviews

Quill and Quire - Katie Gowrie
Readers will laugh as their tongues are tied, and will delight in being challenged by new words and ways of describing things.
Canadian Children's Book News - Ellen Donogh
Brilliant work by both author and illustrator results in a fun-filled must-have book for school and public library shelves.
CM Reviews - Inderjit Deogun
Old MacDonald Had Her Farm is a brilliant reinvention of an old favourite. Lawson and Holdcroft have created a masterpiece of colour and rhyme that young children will enjoy greedily.
ABQLA -L'Association des bibliothecaires du Quebec - Katherine van der Linden
Exuberantly coloured pictures illustrate each verse in a double-page spread. There are two verses for each five regular vowels and one for y when it acts as a vowel... The effect of the rhymes and the pictures is fun and provides an entertaining way to reinforce the different types of sounds each vowel can make.
Kirkus Reviews
A new take on the old song highlights the role of vowels in the English language. "Old MacDonald had her farm, / a e i o u. / And when she came across an a, / this is what she'd do: / Saw barn planks, stack sacks…." Youngsters will never mistake this for the familiar song, especially when they attempt to read the tongue-twisting, nearly nonsense text aloud. Lawson's giddily flowing style just doesn't adapt well to this grammar lesson. The garish computer-generated art complements the silly tone by showing Old MacDonald fiddling with a Rube Goldberg–type contraption for sawing and stacking on the "a" page and continuing her over-the-top farm chores on the succeeding ones. There is really no story here, just a jumble of words that demonstrate the various sounds that each vowel can make. However, readers and listeners will enjoy following the action on each page right until the end, when Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald seem to settle down into a rowdy song with all their animals singing along. Teachers might find this helpful when working on vowels, and children will enjoy making lists of words that rhyme with the words in the story. No one will mistake this for anything other than a school exercise. High-energy ride to nowhere. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554514564
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonarno Lawson is a poet and the author of several books for children. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Tina Holdcroft is the author and/or illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including Spy, Spy Again. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    A fun comical childrens book

    This is a wonderfully fun story that teaches the use of vowels in a comical way. It took several attempts to get through this book with my son, as we both couldn't stop laughing. The pictures are bright, colorful and very comical. My son loved looking at all the 'silly' pictures. The story uses the vowels, A-E-I-O-U and sometimes Y, in place of the familiar farm animals. For each vowel, there are action packed phrases or words that use the corresponding letter. Reading this out loud to my son proved to be quite a challenge, it was like trying to read tongue teasers. But that is what made it so fun to read. If you have a young child or pre-schooler, this is a fun way to teach them how to recognize the vowels, and how they sound in different words. I received a digital copy of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley and all opinions are my own.

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