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Farm Animals

Learn fun facts about all kinds of farm animals from sheep and goats, to chickens and cows.

The O’Leary’s lived on a small farm with their cat, farm animals, and one not-so-welcome guest: a groundhog that liked to eat all of their fresh vegetables every summer.  As Mr. O’Leary devises a plan to keep the groundhog from stealing all of their veggies, the readers are able to learn about life on a small farm, the changing seasons, and the mutual relationships humans share with animals.

The Farmer is very lazy, and never keeps his promise to help his wife with the pigs, even when they are “growing” from the tree like apples. When he believes they are gone forever, he changes his attitude and never goes back to being lazy again.

Beam by beam and board by board, Bess the barn is built by able hands to keep the farm’s animals safe and sound. Through many seasons and celebrations, that’s just what she does, until she starts to sag…and creak…and slump. Then new everything comes along: a new farmer and a shiny new barn. A storm arrives not far behind, putting both barns to a dangerous test―can old Bess weather this threat to the farm?

In this silly children’s book, Charley Hoce captures the attention of young readers by providing them with clever and rhyming poems about farm life.  Children will get a kick out of the chicken (that isn’t so chicken) and the counting sheep (that really can’t count past two) while also getting some good language skills practice.

Bridget is a hen who likes to be different. Every day she lays her brown speckled egg in a special place and every day Angus has to hunt high and low for it. One day Angus can’t find Bridget’s egg anywhere, nor can he find Bridget!

The chickens on the farm have a message for their farm owners! They’re tired of arugula salad, how about putting a fan in their hot coop, and HEY—watch out for that snake in your tent. As the children walk around their beloved farm, they discover more and more chicken talk scratched into the dirt. The family can hardly believe it. What will the chickens possibly say next!?

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. Clickety, clack, MOO. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes… “Dear Farmer Brown, The barn is very cold at night. We’d like some electric blankets. Sincerely, The Cows.” When Farmer Brown denies the cows’ request, the bovine organizers go on strike. Cronin humorously turns the tables on conventional barnyard dynamics.

Enjoy a good game of True or False? Play along with this book, and learn great facts about all kinds of farm animals.

Mic check! Get ready to move your feet as you sing along to this Farmyard Beat.