Publishing: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2003
Description: Farmer Fred isn’t sad, but he is serious. His farm animals are tired of never seeing him laugh or even laughing themselves and they go to extreme measures to try to make that happen. In the end, it happens in a way they were not expecting. The illustrations have fairly mellow colors to mimic the attitude of Farmer Fred and the expressions on the animals faces are pretty funny.
Programming: This book would be great to teach students that they have to appreciate what they have before it’s gone, but also that when something is wrong you have to communicate about it. Maybe there could be some discussions or role-playing surrounding this book.