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Old MacDonald
Schwartz, Amy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations; 27 cm
The inhabitants of Old MacDonald's farm are described, verse by verse, including his tractor and his neighbors. Music is given on last page.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.3 1 Quiz: 21358 Guided reading level: G.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Wake up and join the noisy sing-a-long! There's plenty of work to be done on Old MacDonald's farm. With a Moo Moo here, we milk the cows. With a Neigh Neigh there, we groom the horse. With a Putt Putt here, we plow the fields. Amy Schwartz's sunny, wonderfully detailed barnyard scenes extend the song far beyond its lyrics.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Schwartz does a super job of breathing new life into this familiar favorite with expansive double-page-spread scenes of the MacDonald farm and its colorful inhabitants. Her gouache paintings give youngsters plenty of visual stimulation through the use of bright colors, bold patterns, and sharply defined shapes, expertly outlined in black. The familiar lineup of farm animals is here--rooster, cats, chicks, cow, sheep, ducks, horse, goats, pigs, and dogs. Also added to the mix are a tractor ("putt putt"), some neighbors ("yakkity yak"), and a song ("tra la la"). Music and lyrics appear on the last page. For a rollicking songfest, use this with a new rendition of another childhood favorite, The Farmer in the Dell (1998), which is beautifully illustrated by Alexandra Wallner and also includes music and lyrics. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Schwartz's (A Teeny Tiny Baby) exuberant interpretation, the old standby song becomes a family affair. The opening spread ("Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!") shows the lay of the farmland, while in the next spread ("And on this farm/ he had a rooster,/ E-I-E-I-O!"), the cock crows, and a little girl rouses the farmer, his wife and baby from bed to start a full day's work. Old MacDonald and his daughter leave mother and baby behind as they tend to the cheeping chicks, the mooing cow and the baaing sheep. At lunchtime, quacking ducks are the backdrop for a family picnic near a pond. Schwartz's boldly hued gouache art in shades of barn-bright red, straw yellow and spring green offers plenty of particulars to keep little ones entertained: the girl chases a duck that has purloined her sandwich, a goat tugs mischievously at MacDonald's coat. A refreshing departure from the traditional lyrics calls for a neighborly gathering at dinnertime; a cozy crowd fills the dining room with "a yakkity yak here and a yakkity yak there," followed by a tune on the fiddle ("with a tra la la here and a tra la la there"). Sparked by familiar refrains, Schwartz's large-scale, cheerfully busy artwork supplies an uplifting story line. An ideal sing-along, whether one-on-one or among friends. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2Schwartz integrates the verses of this classic folk song into a coherent narrative complete with folk-art paintings. A rooster (with the help of a smiling little girl) wakes the farmer, his wife, and a baby. In the spreads that follow, the father and daughter do various chores, have a picnic lunch with the rest of the family, greet some visitors, and sit down to dinner. In addition to the traditional animals, Schwartz includes verses with a tractor that goes putt putt and neighbors going yakkity yak. The day ends with everyone dancing to the farmers fiddle music, giving a delightful sense of closure to this illustrated song. Each double-page spread is filled with details that children will enjoy investigating. While there is plenty of action, the colorful pictures never look busy. This version of the song compares favorably with those illustrated by Carol Jones (Houghton, 1989) and Lorinda Bryan Cauley (Putnam, 1989; o.p.). It will be a hit in storytime programs and is also appropriate for one-on-one sharing.Tim Wadham, Dallas Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.