Saturday, October 6, 2012

Review: Old MacDonald Had Her Farm by JonArno Lawson



SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:


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.

MY TAKE:

I've always thought that Old MacDonald was a guy, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Old MacDonald is a woman.

In Old MacDonald Had Her Farm, Old MacDonald had the letters a, e, i, o, u on her farm. When she sees a particular letter, she does actions that have that letter in them.

This is a nice way for kids to learn about vowels and vowel sounds. I liked that the actions all rhyme, for example,"saw barn planks, stack sacks". Additionally, it was a great idea to add the letter y, as it is sometimes considered a vowel as well.

Thanks to NetGalley and Old MacDonald Had Her Farm for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The illustration and coloring style is perfect for the material.
  2. It's a nice twist to the old rhyme/song.
  3. It includes the letter y.

THE BAD:

  1. The rhymes can get tiring.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Between hen legs - perfect eggs!
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to teach your kids about vowels and vowel sounds.
  2. You like old stories with new twists.
  3. You like rhymes a lot.

RATING:
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