Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods
Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods

Series: Jo MacDonald   

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Annotation: In this version of the classic song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," the farmer's granddaughter discovers the creatures living at a nearby woods, along with end notes presenting facts, outdoor activities, and games related to this lively ecosystem.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #5501165
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Dawn Publications
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Bryant, Laura J.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-584-69334-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-584-69334-5
Dewey: 591.73
LCCN: 2013009249
Dimensions: 24 x 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Young Jo MacDonald hikes through the trees with her grandfather, Old MacDonald. Each double-page spread includes a rhyming verse introducing a new woodland animal, an associated sound, and the familiar refrain "E I E I O." The appealing illustrations have clean lines and watercolor washes in soft, harmonious tones. Apparently aimed at adults and older children, an appended section suggests related activities and offers information on specific plants and the nine featured animals (woodpecker, gray squirrel, wild turkey, chipmunk, rat snake, box turtle, skunk, moth, and great horned owl). The third Jo MacDonald book offers a sing-along opportunity and glimpses of forest life.
Horn Book
Jo and her grandfather visit the woods, where they hear and see a variety of creatures. Patterned after the song "Old MacDonald," the parallel to a noisy barnyard doesn't quite work in Quattlebaum's text--could even an astute naturalist hear a turtle? ("everywhere a shuffle-shuffle")--but pleasant art and informative back matter on forest ecology may engage young hikers.
Kirkus Reviews
Quattlebaum and Bryant continue their nature-themed sing-along books with one focused on the sounds of the forest animals. Jo MacDonald and her grandfather head out for a hike in the woods, the familiar childhood song inspiring the pair to describe the animal sounds they hear: the rat-tat of a woodpecker, the err-err of a squirrel, the gobble-gobble of a turkey and more. The hoo-hoo of an owl ends the day, Jo in her grandfather's arms. Some of the sounds may test (and fail!) the limits of human hearing--the chomp-chomp of a chipmunk eating, a snake's slither-slither, the shuffle-shuffle of a turtle, the pad-pad of a skunk and a moth's flutter-flutter. Bryant's watercolors are sweetly lovely, not only capturing the relationship between the girl and her grandfather (though their faces could be more expressive), but also simplifying the nature scenes in order to highlight the important parts of the ecosystem and to allow young children to easily spot the featured animal and the squirrel that appears in each spread. Backmatter includes extensive information about trees; a paragraph of information about each of the animals, plants and trees in the illustrations; a section on how to emulate Jo, a naturalist; and a list of questions (not all of which can be answered by the text as the directions state--kids may be hard-pressed to draw a squirrel's drey, for instance). The weakest of Jo's three adventures; still, this could be a good checklist for young children to use on their own animal-spotting, or -listening, hike. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; In this third Jo MacDonald book, eco-friendly partners Quattlebaum and Bryant encourage a sing-along for this woodlands exploration. Secretly followed by a squirrel, Old MacDonald and his granddaughter sight a woodpecker, turkey, chipmunk, snake, turtle, skunk, moth, and owl before heading home. Bryant's watercolors balance whimsy with studied detail. Closing pages provide a paragraph of facts on each creature, in addition to eight flora from the preceding pictures. There are also suggested extension activities and details about trees in general. Quattlebaum's varied animal sounds entertain and Bryant's softly hued spreads keep the hike merry.&12; Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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ALA Booklist (11/1/13)
Horn Book (8/1/14)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (9/1/13)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: AD700L

Learning becomes fun when it is to the tune of an old favorite sing along! Readers gain knowledge of the forest ecosystem, accurate scientific information, and an appreciation for the world around us! Old MacDonald had a . . . woods? Yes! Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures in the woods at her grandfather's farm. Noisy ones, quiet ones, and a few surprises. This delightful variation on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the woodland habitat while engaging little ones with rhythm and wordplay. Perfect for anyone looking for: books for homeschooling materials forest books for kids! exploring nature activity books for kids!

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