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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375864555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375864551
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times Sunday Book Review
Ever since “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” with its irritating propensity to ring in parents’ ears long after its 4-year-old targets have ceased oinking, the combination of children’s books and farmyard animals somehow inevitably invites song. Two catchy new picture books for very young readers sustain that tradition. “Farmyard Beat,” written by Lindsey Craig and illustrated in cut-out collage by Marc Brown (the pair behind “Dancing Feet!”), could be one of those books that’ve been kicking around preschool classrooms for ages. The corrugated cardboard backdrops look like something glued together by a pair of especially crafty moms at the local co-op, and the text (lyrics, really) seems like a familiar song one has already heard in off-key unison. None of that takes away from the book's considerable appeal. From the “Peep-peep-peep!” of a yellow chick peering out of its egg on the first page, through the inevitable chiming-in of an entire farm’s worth of animals, to the book’s conclusion with animals piled up in an exhausted, snoring heap, “Farmyard Beat” jauntily pulls readers along. Toddlers will need zero encouragement to participate.

By PAMELA PAUL Published: June 22, 2011 www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/books/review/childrens-books-farmyard-beat-and-moo-mo...

Kirkus Review (May 15, 2011)
When the sun goes down, the farmyard animals are supposed to go to sleep. But wait: “Chicks can’t sleep. Chicks can’t sleep. / Chicks can’t sleep / ’cause they got the beat!”

The sheep, cat, cow and dog can’t sleep either because they’ve got the beat, too. Here comes Farmer Sue, and she can’t sleep either, so everyone dances to the beat, “T-I-L-L… / … they fall in a heap! / Asleep!” The collage art (hand-painted on corrugated-looking and other found papers) is similar to the duo’s Dancing Feet! (2010) and a total departure from Brown’s style in his Arthur books. The jazzed-up animals are shaped with textured cut-out pieces that form the assemblage, which pops against the black-and-purple striped backgrounds. Colors are largely those found in nature, though judicious use of pinks on noses, tongues and the insides of ears keep the figures from looking anything but dull; they definitely have child appeal. The story ends with the rooster (a spectacle in blue, lavender and crimson) crowing, "Cock-a-doodle-doo! / I've got the beat!"

It won't take but one or two readings before kids join right in with the syncopated fun. (Picture book. 3-6)

kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/childrens-books/lindsey-craig/farmyard-beat/


Publishers Weekly Children's Review
Farmyard Beat
Craig and Brown are again in playful sync in this rhythmic companion to Dancing Feet! (2010). Reviving the cut-paper collage style he debuted in that book, Brown demonstrates that he's mastered the medium. Hand-painted papers cut into basic geometric shapes create animals and scenes composed of a boldly contrasting amalgam of textures and patterns; his palette incorporates soft pastels, earth tones, and primary colors set against deeply hued, striped backdrops. Using bouncy repetition, Craig explains that farm animals are too busy dancing to sleep: "Chicks can't sleep./ Chicks can't sleep./ Chicks can't sleep 'cause they got that beat!" Each species has its own beat and rhyme scheme, which usually relates to the sound the animal makes, and also leads into whatever animal is next seen busting a move ("Puuurrrr! Mee-ooow!/ Puuurrrr! Mee-ooow!/ All that racket wakes up... Cow!"). Although all the animals (as well as pigtailed Farmer Sue, who comes out to investigate all the noise) eventually "fall in a heap! Asleep!" the emphasis rests squarely on the joy of exuberant, slightly mischievous dancing. A calming bedtime book this is not. Ages 1–4
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About the Author

LINDSEY CRAIG lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her family. Her first book, Dancing Feet!, is also available from Knopf.

MARC BROWN is the creator of Arthur, the star of many picture books and a six-time Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselllers Wild About Books and Born to Read by Judy Sierra as well as Buying, Training, & Caring for Your Dinosaur by Laura Rennert.

More About the Author

Lindsey grew up in a dancing and singing family. She often wakes up tapping her foot and loves to write fun songs and stories for children. She is now an award winning author of two picture books: DANCING FEET! and FARMYARD BEAT! which have garnered such awards as NAAPA Gold, Fred Rogers Best Baby Books 2011 and inclusion on the coveted Texas 2x2 Reading List. Both books have received excellent reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and New York Times. Lindsey has written a musical, and her children's play CINDERELLA'S SHAKESPEARE is performed nationwide. She is now creating children's educational apps and just completed 26 mini alphabet books for CJ Educations of Seoul, Korea. Lindsey lives with her husband and children on a small island in Washington State.


Check her facebook page, for the most recent updates on new books coming!
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My three year old son loves this book.
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We read this book easily 15 times a day!
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It has great rhymes and is very catchy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurie M. on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Loved this book! As a grandma of a 4 and 5 year old, I look for books that will create a bond of fun with me, as well as instilling a love for reading. Once again Lindsey Craig has done it. The creative repetition, rhyme, and beautiful illustratons once again have my grandchildren mesmerized.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happy family on June 21, 2011
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My family loved this book! It is reminiscent of Good Night Moon but with lovely repeating "fun-animal-sound-words! We loved Lindsey Craigs's first book "Dancing Feet" and now we are so happy to have the second delightful and charming sweet story that all children will love to read along with their parents. A classic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By heather on May 1, 2014
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this book has become a favorite around here for my 2.5 year old! She can basically recite it. We checked it out from the library a few months before Christmas, and she loved it so much we just had to get it for her. It's super cute, and if you add your own rhythm to it, it makes a great little "song" as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josette Bowman on April 25, 2014
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The verses in this book are so catchy and cute! My son knows all the words and "raps" along with us when we read it to him at night. We bob our heads together and sing the whole book together now. We loved it so much we bought another book by her as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Charlton on March 25, 2014
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The sing-song in this book is so fun to read out loud. My children quickly learned the various rhythm combinations. We loved reading this story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LaurenH on March 21, 2014
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I've enjoyed reading this book to my daughter. It has solid rhythms and rhymes to make it fun to read while also introducing her to language patterns. The book does introduce kids to animals and the various noises that they make, or at least to how we as people convey their sounds ("woof," "cluck," etc.).

I do wish that "Hank," the dog in the book, had been named as a dog in the text rather than just noted by the name Hank. He is the only animal to have a people name rather than just be noted by the animal that he is, other than Farmer Sue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Dulong on March 16, 2014
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My one year old loves this book and my husband and I love reading it to him. My son also loves looking at the pictures. Fun for the whole family :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jaszewski on January 23, 2014
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Currently, this is our 16 month old's favorite book. Read it with an upbeat tempo instead of the usual sing song of most children's books and I think your children will love this book too! Whenever she wants us to read it she says "Peep peep!" in reference to what the chicks in the book say. Teaches them musical rhythm, rhyming, and different animal sounds, If you can get them to dance with it you can work some body movement in there too. :-) Worthwhile book, great as a gift especially for musical parents.
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