Perfect Picture Book Friday – Old MacDonald Had A… Zoo?

Psst!  The word on the street is it’s Friday!

This may be a completely unfounded rumor.

After all, due to the holiday last Monday it doesn’t really feel like Friday yet, does it?

But let’s go with popular opinion 🙂

I have a fabulously fun Perfect Picture Book to share with you today.  Get ready to enjoy! 🙂

Old MacDonald

Title: Old MacDonald Had A… Zoo?

Written & Illustrated By: Iza Trapani

Charlesbridge, September 12 2017, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 2-5

Themes/Topics: animals (farm and zoo), nursery rhyme retelling, language (prepositions)

Opening: “Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O,
And on that farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O.
With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there,
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo moo,
Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

Brief Synopsis: Old MacDonald is tending his farm, milking his cow, minding his own business when along comes a herd of disruption!  What on earth are a bunch of zoo animals doing on Old MacDonald’s farm???!!!

Links To Resources: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others – think up groups of animals where 3 match in some way (farm, zoo, jungle, aquatic, color, pattern, food preference, feathers, fins, number of legs, tail, etc.) and the 4th doesn’t and get kids to tell you what the 3 have in common and why the 4th doesn’t match; draw your favorite farm animal and tell why it’s your favorite; what animal would YOU invite to Old MacDonald’s farm and how would your song verse go?; play Old MacDonald Says and practice the position words from the story – above, below, near, far, high, low, etc…

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text and illustration copyright Iza Trapani 2017

Why I Like This Book: Everyone knows the familiar story/song of Old MacDonald and his farm…but this version takes it to a whole new level as a bunch of escaped zoo animals wander in and start making themselves at home, much to the surprise of the regular farm inhabitants and to Old MacDonald’s chagrin!  The rhyme is perfect and fun to read aloud, telling a humorous story (and as an added bonus using a lot of positional words (above, below, near, far, high, low, etc.) so kids get practice in understanding the physical relationship of things.)  The art is lively and full of delightful hidden details.  And the facial expressions of both Old MacDonald and the animals are priceless 🙂  An all-around fun tale that will have little ones singing along!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

P.S.  You may have noticed that Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what THAT means…  the annual Halloweensie Writing Contest!!!  Stay tuned for details, hopefully coming early next week so you’ll have time to write, polish, and perfect!!! 🙂

19 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Old MacDonald Had A… Zoo?

  1. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    That Old MacDonald is a busy farmer. This is precisely the kind of tale I would have loved as I was growing up on a farm. Oh, the possibilities for animal mayhem! Thanks for bringing this one to my attention.

    PS. It does feel like Friday to me. This week has not been a good one for those of us living in the Bay Area. Ready for this to end. Hope the firefighters get some help from mother nature soon.

  2. viviankirkfield says:

    Such a fun book, Susanna! Hurray for Iza for taking a well-known rhyme and turning it into a fab picture book with a totally new slant. She is so good at doing that!
    Halloweensie! Oh my gosh…is it that time of year already? Bring it on, Susanna!

  3. ingridboydston says:

    Oh my goodness, another book I NEED! I really enjoy books like this because half the kids in my class do know Old MacDonald and the other half don’t. So I get to introduce an old fav AND a new fun story all at the same time. Susanna’s tithe Road That Trucks Built did the same same thing. Love it!

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