Saturday, April 05, 2014

How to Train a Train / How Old MacDonald Got His Farm/ Dooby Dooby Moo

How To Train a Train  by Jason Carter Eaton and John Rocco

So you want your very own train, do you?  Well, first you have to catch one, and then you have to learn how to take care of it and how to teach it to behave.  Jason Carter Eaton takes the "can I have a pet?" discussion and turns it on its ear.  

So much imaginative fun here as you follow along tracking, catching, naming and taming a pet train.  It may make for some very strange discussions, especially for parents who've been avoiding the "Can we get a  puppy?" talks.

John Rocco's anthropomorphic trains and the adorable kids who love and care for them are sure to amuse.

How Old MacDonald Got His Farm  by Judy Sierra

Old MacDonald lived in a house where he mowed the lawn. One day, he decided that mowing the lawn was hard and he bought a goat.  That didn't go quite as well as he intended.  Then he bought a hen and she was really smart.  She showed him all the steps to turn his yard into a farm.

Now, the neighbors were not pleased, at least not until they saw all of the good things that came from his hard work.

This is a really cute book.  I like Old MacDonald and how he made peace with his protesting neighbors.

Dooby Dooby Moo  by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Levin

Doreen Cronin and Betsy Levin are total geniuses!  I love each of these books more than the last.  I gave a cousin interested in politics, Duck For President for her high school graduation.  I'm serious about these books.

This time out, no matter how closely Farmer Brown is watching the animals, he knows that there is something going on.  When he sees that there is an article cut out of his morning paper he goes on high alert.  But, he just can't figure out what they're up to.

As it turns out, the local fair is coming up and there is going to be a talent competition. First prize is a trampoline. Now, if you read Click Clack Moo you are already aware of just how much Duck likes those new toys.  He really really wants to win that trampoline.  So, he's coaching the animals in their talent show routines.  The cows are going to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, the sheep are working on their rendition of Home on the Range and the pigs do interpretive dance.

I adore these books.  I own most of them, buy additional copies to give out as gifts regularly and am so excited when I discover another one has come out.  I recommend starting with Click Clack Moo and going on from there!

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