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! 🙂
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…
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!!! 🙂