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Farm Flu Library Binding – March 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807522740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807522745
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bateman's (The Ring of Truth) sweetly silly rhyming tale of mounting chaos triggered by good intentions inspires Westcott's (Skip to My Lou) menagerie of familiar animals to mimic some over-the-top human behavior. Tending the farm while his mother is away, the boy narrator hears the dairy cow sneeze, "Ka-Chooo!... I'd never helped a sickly cow," he says, adding, in what becomes the book's refrain, "But I knew what my mom would do/ if it were me who had the flu." He puts the guernsey to bedAliterallyAbut soon finds he has an epidemic on his hands. The next day, as he notes a donkey gorging on chocolate donuts and a pig listening to a Walkman, it dawns on the boy that there is a corollary to the example set by his mother: coddling has its limits. "Too sick to be outside, I see,/ Then you're too sick to watch TV!/ No toys, no games, just stay in bed./ No popcornA/ you'll have mush instead!" The boy restores order, but finds that he, too, has come down with the flu. On the last page, the animals kindly minister to him. Westcott's drawings lack the loopy looseness that characterizes her best works, and the book's squarish format cramps the expansiveness of her visual whimsy. But enough fun and folly burst from these pages to make this a literary chicken soup for any young, temporary invalid. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-A humorous rhyming story that's as much fun to look at as it is to read. Mom leaves the farm in her son's hands for the day and while she is gone, the animals all come down with the flu. Caring for the sick creatures in the manner that he knows his mother would care for him, the boy puts the cow to bed, complete with tissues and alfalfa tea; "popped the piglets in the tub/and gave them all a belly rub"; and makes popcorn for the donkey. And when the animals begin having too much fun being sick, the child removes their TV, toys, games, and popcorn, just as his mother would do, resulting in an instant cure. Westcott's lively illustrations add comedic touches throughout. The turkey working the TV remote control and the chickens sipping from juice boxes are sure to elicit giggles. Great fun for reading aloud.-Kathy M. Newby, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Russiaville, IN

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I teach preschool and I love to read this story in February, by which time most of the children have been sick with colds or flu and can relate to the poor farm animals who start sniffling and sneezing! We all pretend to sneeze when the animals do - four-year-olds love to pretend to sneeze, the louder, the better! It's very cute at the end, when the animals, now recovered, care for the boy when he gets sick. Another thing I like about this book is that it always leads to good conversations - children love to talk about when they were sick - and it's a natural way to lead into talking about washing your hands often - to avoid getting sick like the animals in "Farm Flu"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2004
Format: Library Binding
My son demands that I read him lots of books and it always makes me happy when he picks this one out. Its great fun to read. I think I enjoy it more than he does. You can really get into the rhyme and rhythm trying new ways each time you read it. The story is funny as well. I've probably read it a hundred times and haven't gotten sick of it yet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2002
Format: Library Binding
Farm Flu is a sweet little book about a boy and his sickly livestock. I think that the rhyme is good, but the story is even better. And how charming is the repeated text "I know just what my mom would do / if it were me who had the flu."? My little son requests this book a LOT, and I am only too happy to oblige him.
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By Ede Plummer on April 28, 2014
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Love this book....I actually purchased this for a preschool teacher... she and all her little preschoolers love this book. Thanks.
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By Storywraps on January 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
Everyone is very aware of the flu concerns that are swirling through the media these days. I found this cute little book that might help ease anxiety regarding the dreaded flu shots. It may calm some fears if the actual event itself should come and invade your home for a while. Hopefully this book will impart useful information to your child and create soothing conversations regarding the flu protocol in your own home.
This is a humorous, silly rhyming story of mounting chaos. A mother leaves her son in charge of the farm one day and many animals come down with the flu. Caring for the sick creatures in the manner that he knows his mother would care for him, the book’s refrain is:” But I knew what my mom would do/if it were me who had the flu.” This gives lots of opportunity to discuss what your mom does for you when you have the flu and how your own personal household will handle the dilemma. The boy puts the cow in bed; complete with tissues and alfalfa tea and he pops the piglets into the tub to give them a belly rub. He even makes popcorn for the sick donkey to ease his pain and suffering.

The pictures are expressive and very hilarious. They truly make the text come alive. The boy discovers that pampering has its limits and he is being taken advantage of so he removes all the toys and the TV, just as his mother would do, resulting in instant wellness and healing in the animals. After all his nurturing and effort the boy himself comes down with the flu and well…read it to see what transpires. It is a great, fun read aloud. Seeing the turkey work the remote control and the chickens sipping juice boxes will bring lots of smiles and giggles to your family. I would recommend you get a copy and add it to your collection.
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