Friday, March 5, 2010

Bookshelf: Down on the Farm Edition

We are studying farms and farm animals currently, so here is a book list of some of my favorites.

Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
We love this book, the first in several (my boys especially love the sequel, Giggle, Giggle, Quack).  Farmer Brown's cows have begun typing, and demanding comforts for the barn.  When Farmer Brown denies their request, they go on strike, taking some of the other animals with them in their quest for electric blankets.  Find out the surprising resolution to their problems.

Farm Flu by Teresa Bateman
Mom is out and the animals at the farm are coming down with the flu.  The little boy knows just what his mom would do, if it were he who had the flu.  He busies himself tucking the cow into bed, setting the chickens up with some hot barley soup, etc.   Soon, there are more animals in the house recovering than out in the barn, something must be done.  Rhyming text and silly pictures make this a fun read.

The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most
This is such a wonderful teaching book, with so many phonics lessons in the pages.  (I won't get all technical in this post, just trust me...)  The cow that oinks is being laughed at by the other farm animals, and is sad.  Then he meets a pig who moos.  Pig is being laughed at as well.  Together they come up with a solution to their problems, teaching each other to moo and oink, with a fun twist ending.

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae
I love these books (I have an ocean one and a zoo one as well)!  The poems for each animal are charming and fun to read.  Turn this story into a game by reading the poem (omitting the animal's name) without showing the pictures, and letting your child guess what animal the poem is about.

You don't have to live near a farm when you can travel to the barnyard in a great book or two.  Happy reading!


  1. Link to me, link to me :) Seriously, you always have great books. We LOVED the Cow That Went Oink - it's a great book!