Serious Farm by Tim Egan

Serious Farm by Tim Egan

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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.

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

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Publishing: Macmillan, New York, 1968

Awards: ALA Notable Book

Description: Rosie the chicken leads an unwitting fox through a series of mishaps while she obliviously takes a walk. The illustrations remind me somewhat of a quilt with the bold colors and patterns in the foliage. The text is simple, but especially effective when combined with the illustrations because even young children will appreciate the irony between text and illustration.

Programming: Because of the simplicity of the text, I think this would be a fun text to act out or design hand motions to accompany the reading. Children could also add to the text by sharing what they think each character is thinking or feeling throughout the story.