Grandma's Nursery Rhymes: Old MacDonald
From the artist of the best-selling Grandma Loves You picture book comes the classic nursery rhyme in board book form. Toddlers will enjoy following along as Grandma MacDonald and her barnyard critters look for chick-chicks. Includes animal sounds activity page.
- Dewey: 782.42 E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Boardbook (9781585366095): 18 pages, 6 (w) x 6 (h), © 2015, 08/01/2015
- PDF (9781634704199): 18 pages, 6 (w) x 6 (h), © 2015, 08/01/2015
- Hosted ebook (9781634704335): 18 pages, 6 (w) x 6 (h), © 2015, 08/01/2015
- Subject: Language Arts
- Series: Grandma's Nursery Rhymes
- JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play (JUV051000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Rabbits (JUV002210)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Nursery Rhymes (JUV055000)
Kirkus Reviews - Grandma's Nursery Rhymes: Old MacDonald
Reviewed on 16 September 2015
The American classic is presented with some cuddly illustrations. The nursery song “Old MacDonald” is known to millions young and old, and this board book does it justice, or at least one stanza of it. Illustrator Brown brings to it the same warmth she used in her illustrations in Grandma Loves You (2013), presenting the titular farmer as a large, anthropomorphic rabbit. With her wide-brimmed hat and polka-dot farmer’s boots, Old MacDonald tends to her farm as the text describes the abundance of yellow chicks on the farm, one line per double-page spread. Accompanying “Here a chick, there a chick” are a dog and cat benignly watching the busy baby birds; accompanying “Everywhere a chick, chick” are two hogs in a wallow, a Jersey cow, and still more chicks. The chicks poke around the pumpkin patch and the barn, and they hitch rides on the other barnyard animals. The final pages of the book feature an identification activity, with pictures of all the farm animals and the noises they make. Motivated adults can then take their little readers through many more iterations of the song on their own. A warm introduction to an old favorite.
Illustrator: Petra Brown
Petra Brown has been a children's book illustrator since 2006 when her first picture book If Big Can...I Can, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards for Best Emerging Illustrator. Since then she has been illustrating for a range of publishers in the United Kingdom and abroad. Petra comments, "I love drawing animals with human expressions. I find it such fun creating, for example, a thoughtful fox, a happy hippo, a shy sheep, or a caring bear! The other thing I like is creating landscapes, places where my characters can run about and have adventures. Living in a magnificent place like Snowdonia helps a great deal." Petra lives with her partner in Wales.