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Title:
Old MacDonald had a woodshop
Author:
Shulman, Lisa.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A female Old MacDonald builds a farm in her workshop.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 33743 Guided reading level: F.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780399235962
Format :
Book

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With a zztt zztt here, and a zztt zztt there,
here a zztt, there a zztt, everywhere a zztt zztt!

Together with the other farm animals, Old MacDonald is building a surprise for the babies on the farm. Saw, drill, chisel, file, screwdriver, paintbrush are operated by cat, goat, chicken, pig, cow and dog. With a swish swash here and a swish swash there, and a whole lot of other sounds, there's a miniature toy farm being made-just for the baby animals. A twist on the familiar nursery song, this is sure to be a hit with any kid who loves tools or loves to sing.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. The well-loved ditty about Old MacDonald is fractured here with the farmer turned woodworker, female, and, oh yes, she's also a sheep. The text follows the familiar pattern and refrain, but the animals are busier than in the past. In her shop, Old MacDonald has a drill, which the cat uses with a "rurr rurr" here, and a "rurr rurr" there, a hammer that the goat handles with a "tap tap," and a chisel that the rooster employs making a "chip chip" sound. What can these animals, along with the pig, cow, and dog, be building? The final double-page spread shows their project: a delightful miniature farm, complete with plenty of wooden farm animals. This clever takeoff will have kids chanting along with the same fervor they have for the original, only this time the sounds will be those of tools at work. Wolff's art, done in gouache and pastel with brown-colored pencil, is full of fun, but it's informative, too, with endpapers that show labeled tools hanging on the walls. Use this one for story hours. Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

"This fun twist on a familiar song envisions Old MacDonald as a bespectacled sheep who's busy building something `in her shop.' Preschoolers will want to join in the bouncy cadences and alliterative sounds," wrote PW, "while Wolff's bright illustrations drop subtle hints to the project in process." Ages 2-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A crafty ewe gathers her friends in her well-equipped workshop to saw, drill, hammer, chisel, file, screw, and paint various bits of wood. This delightful twist on the classic song (with loads of fun sound effects) is a must for do-it-yourself children. Ms. MacDonald is equally at home in her apron or her tool belt. Wolff has provided spectacles for "old" MacDonald, as white hair is not a clear age indicator on a sheep. The endpapers identify a nice variety of hand tools while the illustrations "done on Arches Cover in gouache and pastel with brown-colored pencil line" introduce a pleasing cast of characters. Full-, double-, and partial-page cartoon illustrations support the text agreeably with just enough detail to entertain without clutter. The building project-a model farm complete with barnyard animals-is unveiled on the last spread. The little mouse that endeavors to keep the shop clean throughout the process is as dear as any of the characters. Children will love this book's perky prose and pleasing pictures.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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