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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace College Publishers (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0153036346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0153036347
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Song lyrics form a narrative about a little girl who's trying to eat her lunch but encounters interference, first from a pesky bug and then from each of the animals (frog, snake, rat, cat, dog, bear) she summons on the phone. They rudely gobble away to the repeated refrain of ``Munch! Munch! Munch!'' This may work as a nonsense song, but it doesn't work as a story. Cartoon drawings depict an outdoor farm scene where a lavish lunch is set. In the first drawing, hovering over the little girl is a cow with a phone around its neck. With the arrival of each animal, and for no apparent reason, the setting changes, as does the type of phone. While the drawings are colorful, humorous, and full of detail, and the rhythm of the song is clear, children are likely to be confused by the shifting scenes and may question the reason for inviting such ill-mannered creatures to lunch. Even the title is a little out of kilter.
- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

In a rollicking story-song from a Canadian musician, one creature after another--each bigger than the one before--comes to sit on a little girl's knee. When the first, a bug, refuses to leave, ``I picked up the telephone./ I called my friend the frog at home. I asked if she would like some lunch./ The frog came over and...MUNCH! MUNCH! MUNCH!'' But it's not the offending bug that's eaten, it's the child's food, while the bug leaps to safety. A snake is called to oust the frog, a rat to get rid of the snake, and so on, with the accumulating animals happily ensconced in each comically lively illustration. This entertaining variant on a familiar pattern concludes when the other animals rally together to tug at the enormous bear who has finally devoured the rest of the food. The tune is catchy and easily learned. Good fun, especially for a group. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Sitting On The Farm is an excellent book for emerging readers. The rythmic language is easy to read and children enjoy reading along with you. The illustrations are humorous and lively and add detail to the story. This is a must have for parents or teachers of pre school or kindergarten students!
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By jules on April 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am not sure what the reviewer for the library journal was thinking, but she obviously doesn't work with small children. After years of teaching, doing storytimes as a children's librarian and raising my own children, this book is always a favorite. The children love the munch, munch, munch refrain and love the that all the animals are ok and enjoying their lunch at the end of the book. It is a great book for storytime as well.
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