- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD620L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (February 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763660434
- ISBN-13: 978-0763660437
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.3 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help From a Hen Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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PreS-Gr 2—Most children know about Old MacDonald and his animals, but did they ever wonder how he got that farm? Sierra imagines a rollicking suburban scenario that starts when MacDonald gets tired of mowing the lawn and begins to seek out creative alternatives. A grass-nibbling goat is joined by the "smartest hen in history," and the fun begins. The lawn is covered with cardboard and dirt, a horse arrives to help create compost, and the seeds of the farm are planted. Myers's illustrations capture the fun with expressive animals and grumpy, bow-tied neighbors. This title offers a great way to extend the song into a lesson about the plant cycle and suburban farming. An excellent purchase for general collections as well as curriculum support.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
A sustainability take on the old nursery rhyme, this humorous go-round places the Little Red Hen in the role of consultant to Old MacDonald. Sierra quickly veers from the original situation—here, MacDonald only has a suburban yard. And he’s sick of mowing it. So he gets a goat, but the goat just grazes. He goes online to get a chicken and ends up with the world’s smartest chicken, the Little Red Hen, who tells him he’ll never have to mow again if he just follows her instructions. The yard is covered in cardboard, paper, and, dirt and gets extremely muddy, which leads to a neighborhood protest. When the hen and MacDonald bring in manure to build a worm farm, the protests escalate. At last, though, the once-useless plot of grass has been transformed into a local farm, everyone rejoices, and MacDonald has become a true farmer. Myers’ acrylic-and-oil illustrations are eye-popping, with wildly exaggerated faces and bodies. A fun twist on an old favorite. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher
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Find out in this tongue-in-cheek explanation of how MacDonald, who disliked lawn mowing, became an organic gardener with a profitable farm stand, thanks to the agriculturally certified LRH, herself, wearing a hard hat and reading blueprints. Complete with protesting neighbors and a hole in the hedge, the detailed illustrations delight readers and pre-readers from 3 years up.
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Illustrated by Matthew Myers
Old MacDonald is a seemly average Joe, however, he has...Read more