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Old Mikamba Had a Farm

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Publisher Comments:

This fabulous version of the classic nursery song “Old MacDonald” introduces children to a menagerie of African animals and their sounds. It is beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora, with her signature collage-style artwork.

 

Old Mikamba had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. And on this farm he had . . . a giraffe, a baboon, and an elephant! Meet Old Mikamba, who watches over a wide variety of animals on his game farm in the plains of Africa. Children will discover a whole new set of fun animal sounds as they are invited to sing along and roar with the lions, bellow with the rhino, whinny with the zebras, honk with the wildebeests, and more!

 

A wonderful introduction to African wildlife that is great fun to read aloud, this truly irresistible rendition of a beloved song includes a list of animal fun facts and gives children a huge variety of animal sounds to imitate as they pore over the detailed animals, landscapes and patterns in the stunning illustrations.

Review:

"As she did in There Was a Tree, Isadora sets this riff on a classic children's song in Africa. Using 'Old MacDonald' as a template, her rendition introduces 14 wild residents of a game farm and the sounds they make. With a few exceptions (dassie, springbok), the species will be familiar to most readers, and their phonetically punchy utterings, which include a baboon's 'OOH-HA-HA' and a wildebeest's 'HONK-HONK,' are fun to imitate while singing along. Though Isadora's earth-toned, mixed-media illustrations are uncluttered — the animals appear against mostly white backdrops with minimal landscape — there is complexity within. The collages feature an inventive assortment of textures and patterns: elephants' and rhinos' hides are newsprint, wildebeests' fur resembles wood grain, and giraffes' spots are swatches of patterned textiles; borders feature the scrubby vegetation and low hills of the book's plains setting. Intriguing incidental facts about each animal (no two zebras have the same stripe pattern; there are more than 370 species of parrots) are included at the end of the book, which strikes a neat balance between being rousing and soothing. Ages 3 — 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

When a prince sets out to find a princess to marry, he soon discovers this is not a simple task. There is no shortage of so-called princesses, but how can he tell whether or not they are what they claim to be? Then one night a great storm rages, there comes a knock on the palace gate, and the prince?s life is never the same . . .

Synopsis:

A favorite children's song becomes a colorful book filled with African wildlife

Also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around," this popular song has been recorded by artists from Barney to Captain Kangaroo. Now "the prettiest tree that you ever did see" is a lovely acacia tree, where a baby starling is just about to hatch. Rachel Isadora gives children a fun, easy way to follow along with the cumulative lyrics by using rebus icons for the repeated words, as she did with 12 Days of Christmas. Sheet music is also included, making this irresistible fun!

About the Author

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399257407
Author:
Isadora, Rachel
Publisher:
Nancy Paulsen Books
Author:
achel Isadora
Author:
R
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Subject:
Lifestyles - City Life
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 6

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As she did in There Was a Tree, Isadora sets this riff on a classic children's song in Africa. Using 'Old MacDonald' as a template, her rendition introduces 14 wild residents of a game farm and the sounds they make. With a few exceptions (dassie, springbok), the species will be familiar to most readers, and their phonetically punchy utterings, which include a baboon's 'OOH-HA-HA' and a wildebeest's 'HONK-HONK,' are fun to imitate while singing along. Though Isadora's earth-toned, mixed-media illustrations are uncluttered — the animals appear against mostly white backdrops with minimal landscape — there is complexity within. The collages feature an inventive assortment of textures and patterns: elephants' and rhinos' hides are newsprint, wildebeests' fur resembles wood grain, and giraffes' spots are swatches of patterned textiles; borders feature the scrubby vegetation and low hills of the book's plains setting. Intriguing incidental facts about each animal (no two zebras have the same stripe pattern; there are more than 370 species of parrots) are included at the end of the book, which strikes a neat balance between being rousing and soothing. Ages 3 — 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
When a prince sets out to find a princess to marry, he soon discovers this is not a simple task. There is no shortage of so-called princesses, but how can he tell whether or not they are what they claim to be? Then one night a great storm rages, there comes a knock on the palace gate, and the prince?s life is never the same . . .

"Synopsis" by ,
A favorite children's song becomes a colorful book filled with African wildlife

Also known as "The Green Grass Grew All Around," this popular song has been recorded by artists from Barney to Captain Kangaroo. Now "the prettiest tree that you ever did see" is a lovely acacia tree, where a baby starling is just about to hatch. Rachel Isadora gives children a fun, easy way to follow along with the cumulative lyrics by using rebus icons for the repeated words, as she did with 12 Days of Christmas. Sheet music is also included, making this irresistible fun!

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