From School Library Journal
PreS–A very quiet farmer doesn't speak throughout the day but bids a fond "goodnight" to all of his animals at bedtime. From an early morning rising that begins with a rooster's crow, he goes about the business of taking care of his land and creatures. All the while, the onomatopoeic sounds he makes as he works are highlighted in the appealing pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations. Going beyond animal calls, the author familiarizes youngsters with many different noises: the "Sizzle
," and "Gurgle
" of breakfast being made; the "Click-clack
" of the mower; and the "Whop-whop-bang
" of a fence being repaired. This tale features smiling animals, sunshiny scenery, and an enviably contented man who enjoys his lot in life. With pictures bright and large enough to share with a group, this is a pleasant introduction to farm life and a variety of sounds.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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'This cosy story, complete with evocative illustrations, will engage children' BBC Parenting Magazine 'Parents with a histrionic bent will enjoy doing all the sound effects' Independent on Sunday
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