"A bad case of flu turns the farm animals' harmonies
into a cacophony of wheezes and sneezes. A playful read-aloud with a
square-dance cadence and deeply saturated, warm-and-fuzzy colors."
"If you are looking for a noisy, participatory
book for story and laptimes, this is the book for you. Green's rhyming,
mewing, cockadoodledooing text rollicks along with animals sounds that
just beg for a group voice. Bender's mediumanimator's paint on
acetate backed with black paperhas a transparent quality that
makes the colors positively glow...Use this one the next time you want
to hear "ACHOO!" echoed in chorus."
STARRED REVIEW"In prose reminiscent of the
"Old MacDonald" song, Greene develops an amusing story...Bender's full-page
illustrations are rendered in animator's paint on acetate. Bold, funny,
and slightly askew, they feature silly animals with exaggerated teeth,
eyes, and shapes. They provide humorous details, such as a box of tissues
and a hot-water bottle in the barn. Very young children will respond
to the rhythm and rhyme and enjoy identifying the animals. Older preschoolers
will giggle at the altered sounds and be reassured by the message of
love and caring. A storytime winner."
|On the farm on the hill on a blustery day,
Farmer was a-humming and storing heaps of hay.
The animals were singing all their usual notes
in their usual voices, in their usual throats . . .