The Book Shelf - June 12
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The Book Shelf - June 12

Stratford Gazette

E-I-E-I-O How Old MacDonald Got his Farm,

retold by Judy Sierra,

28 pages.

@ SPL:  JP Sierr

Old MacDonald didn’t always have a farm with a cow, sheep, pigs, ducks and a horse. At first he didn’t even have a farm.

In Judy Sierra’s updated rendition of the beloved nursery song, Farmer Mac owned a house that was surrounded by a huge yard – a yard that needed to be mowed far too often.

Tired of that endless chore, Old Mac bought a goat to do the work for him. The goat, had other ideas, however, and ate the hedges around the yard instead of the grass.

Old Mac then purchased a hen on the Internet.

Now, Little Red was no ordinary hen. She was a super-smart, ecologically-savvy bird and under her guidance, Old Mac eventually transformed his yard into a productive farm on which he grew organic vegetables.

His gardens were so successful that he was able to share his produce with his neighbours and sell some at an organic farmers’ market.

Children will have lots of fun listening to this lively tale, illustrated with vividly-coloured, oversized art.  Told in rhyme, it’s infused with amusing details.

And what does “E-I-E-I-O” stand for?  “Enjoy it; Everything is Organic”!

** Recommended for ages three to seven.

Old Mikamba Had a Farm,

retold by Rachel Isadora,

32 pages.

@ SPL:  JP Isado

Rachel Isadora, a Caldecott Honor author/illustrator, reimagines the story of Old MacDonald’s farm in Africa, where Old Mikamba watches over a variety of animals on his game farm.

Instead of moos, neighs, oinks and quacks, Mikamba hears the roaring of the lions, the whinnying of zebras, the bleating of the giraffes, the bellowing of the rhinos, the growling of the cheetahs and the squawking of parrots. Springboks, elephants, baboons, warthogs, ostriches and a variety of lizards also live there.

Children are invited to meet a whole new cast of animal characters and help in making the many noises found on Mikamba’s huge estate.

This picture book, which features collage-style illustrations done in oil, ink and pencil, will introduce preschool listeners to African wildlife. Interesting facts about each of the fourteen different animal species in the song - many of which are endangered - are provided at the end of the book.

** Recommended for ages three to five.

– Sally Hengeveld, librarian

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