A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Babies and kids will learn about the different animals on the farm, including the sounds they make and the different names for moms, dads, and babies. This book is also interactive, so as kids get older they can learn to pet, unfold pages, pull tabs, etc.
Encourages interaction with reading -- not only between kids and books, but also between parents and kids; families who read this book together can have fun picking out their favorite animals and even making their favorite barnyard sounds!
Positive Role Models
Animals are presented as cute and curious throughout the book. Parents of preschoolers could also see if they can spot the ways animals are useful to people (like the cow that gives milk or the shorn sheep).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an interactive book about farm animals by the same author and photographer who produced Tails. Even your youngest will learn about the family of animals that live on the farm, and as they get older they can learn to pet, unfold pages, pull tabs, etc. The tabs may be a little tricky for the youngest fingers to manipulate -- although they might have some success ripping out fold-out pages.
Is It Any Good?
The simple poetry is enjoyable enough, but it's really the images that babies and kids will want to see over and over again. There are some sweet baby animal pictures -- and some silly ones, too, like a pig giving a piggy-back ride to a lamb, goat, chicken, and more. Preschoolers will like spotting the mouse on every page.
This certainly is a book that encourages interaction. Not only will kids enjoy petting the horse's mane or pushing the tab to watch a chicken eat, but families who read this book together can also have fun picking out their favorite animals and even making their favorite barnyard sounds!
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