Archive for the ‘Farm’ Category

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

July 16, 2011 - 11:21 am No Comments

This is an adorable book about all of the animals on the farm and what the farmer feeds them. It all seems pretty typical until you get to the cow who, as you may have guessed, likes cookies. This is a great book for young ones because it rhymes and it has repetition, both of which are stepping stones to helping young children become readers themselves. The clever ending of this book will leave you smiling, too.

Who Said Moo? by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback

May 27, 2011 - 10:36 pm No Comments

If you have a little one that is into animal sounds right now, then this is the book for you. It has flaps, too, and if you have a little one that is into animal sounds, my guess is that they probably love flap books, too. This book is also fun for kids because there is a lot of repetition so they quickly figure out that they can help participate in the story, too. Happy reading!

The Chicken in the Family by Mary Amato

March 17, 2011 - 2:12 pm No Comments

Henrietta’s two older sisters do such a good job of convincing her that she is a chicken that Henrietta decides she really IS a chicken and goes to find a chicken farm to live on. Her sisters get in trouble when Mom and Dad find out what happened and the older sisters are put in charge of getting Henrietta back home. It turns out that being a chicken is a lot of fun and one of the older sisters decides she wants to be a chicken, too. A cute story that shows how teasing a sibling can get WAY out of hand.

*There are a couple of instances of name calling (dumbhead) that can easily be skipped or changed into another word as you are reading it to your child.

The Hat by Jan Brett

January 12, 2011 - 8:15 pm No Comments

A little girl loses a mitten to a hedgehog who gets his nose stuck in it so that it looks like he is wearing a hat. The mother hen sees him and laughingly asks him what is on his head. He tells her it’s his beautiful new hat. The gander, the barn cat, the dog, the pig and the horse all laugh at the hedgehog, too, but secretly wish they all had something cool to wear. By the end they all look like a winter fashion show gone terribly wrong. Your kids will love the illustrations, especially the ones on the side of each page that give them a little hint as to what is coming up next in the story. I think this is the first Jan Brett book I ever read and it is probably one of her most famous.

Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant and Diane Goode

December 20, 2010 - 4:38 pm No Comments

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! A girl reminisces about all of the wonderful Christmas traditions she had with her grandparents on their farm…from pulling all of the ornaments out of the closet that smelled like moth balls, to writing a letter to Santa, to singing in the choir at church on Christmas Eve. This is such a great story for families who have their own traditions…I love the illustrations in this one too! This book is a gem!

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Christmas by Joy Cowley

December 6, 2010 - 9:17 pm No Comments

Mrs. Wishy-Washy decides it’s time to wash the animals, but the animals have other ideas…it’s too cold to take a bath. When they protest she decides to go to town, but tells them they need to wash themselves while she’s gone or there will be no presents for them this year. So the animals get the brilliant idea to take a bath in Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s nice warm house. Mrs. Wishy-Washy returns from town and sees the absolute mess they have made, but it’s that time of year, so she forgives them and they all enjoy opening up presents and eating cookies together in Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s warm living room.

What Baby Wants by Phyllis Root

November 22, 2010 - 10:39 pm No Comments

Baby is crying and mama is tired, so the rest of the family tells mama to go to bed…they’ll take care of baby. Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle and Big Sister all think they know the trick to get Baby to stop crying, but every time they try something, Baby just ends up crying. It turns out that Brother knows what Baby wants. Baby falls asleep all night long and after all the work they put into getting Baby to sleep, the rest of the family falls asleep, too.

Too Many Turkeys by Linda White

November 17, 2010 - 1:33 pm No Comments

Fred and Belle have a beautiful garden and all of the neighbors want to know how they manage to have such gorgeous flowers and so many vegetables. Well, it all started when Fred insisted that they keep a little wild turkey chick that they found. Belle didn’t want it, but it turned out that the little turkey’s droppings are good for the garden, he eats insects that might hurt the garden and all of the scratching in the dirt he does is good for the garden, too. Well, would it be better to have hundreds of turkeys then? No, but when a hundred turkeys do show up in their yard, Fred is willing to share their secret if each of the neighbors takes one home. This is a cute book and I love the language the author uses. There are words like: infernal mess, took a gander, flitted, flourished, careened, smidge, dales and gangly.

This Little Chick by John Lawrence

November 14, 2010 - 9:36 pm No Comments

Little Chick goes exploring around the farm one day and comes home to his mom to tell her all of the different animal sounds he heard that day. This is the PERFECT book for the toddler set. It has animals, animal sounds AND it rhymes!

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

November 14, 2010 - 9:31 pm No Comments

Turkey knows that Thanksgiving is right around the corner and he has got to figure out something to save himself. He decides to dress up as different barn animals, but the other animals can still tell that it’s him. His last disguise, however, is perfect and helps both the farmer and Turkey have the perfect Thanksgiving.