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While Tom Farmer snoozes the animals are whooping it up in the farmhouse! Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo. Ducks on the dresser, quack, quack, quack. Pigs in the pantry, oink, oink, oink...When Tom Farmer wakes up from his nap in the haystack he finds pandemonium in the farmhouse! Out of the farmhouse, shoo, shoo, shoo, he send the animals back to the yard. But it isn't long before Tom Farmer's fast asleep again - and the cows, the ducks, the pigs, the hens and the sheep come creeping back into the farmhouse to have some more fun! Adapted from the traditional nonsense song, this rambustious picture book is perfect for reading - or singing - aloud!
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June Crebbin was a primary school teacher before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing. Her books for children include The Train Ride (9780744547016), illustrated by Stephen Lambert, and the popular series of stories about Merryfield Hall riding school: Jumping Beany (9781406305197), Saving Oscar (9781406301991) and Riding High (9781406311235). She lives in Leicestershire with her husband. Katharine McEwen is the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Gaskitts series, written by Allan Ahlberg. She also illustrated it Moved! (9781406304305), written by former Children's Laureate Anne Fine and My Dad, the Hero, written by Stella Gurney. She lives in Tonbridge.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K-Mischief-making barnyard animals and a tired farmer interact in this picture book based on a folk song. The rhythmic verses follow the pattern of "Skip to My Lou": "Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo,/Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo,/Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo./That's what we do, Tom Farmer!" The accompanying two-page spread shows three bovines happily breaking dishes, licking food, and balancing items on their horns. The story continues with "ducks in the dishes," "pigs in the pantry," "hens on the hat stand," and "sheep on the sofa." Finally, the animals wake Tom Farmer from his haystack nap. When he shoos them out into the farmyard, they burst into the house again and make as much trouble as before. The story is slight, but the strong rhythm and repetition are sure to invite participation. Watercolor and pencil illustrations catch the spirit of fun. The stiff flatness of the simply drawn animals and the details of their activities are amusing rather than hilarious. Neither words nor pictures match the cleverness of Nadine Westcott's Skip to My Lou (Joy Street, 1989), Nancy Shaw's Sheep in a Jeep (Houghton, 1986), or Rhonda Gowler Greene's Barnyard Song (Atheneum, 1997), but kids will still enjoy this farmyard fracas.
Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111406326321
Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1406326321