Old MacDonald Had a Farm
by Gris Grimly
Orchard Books, 2017
Every child knows the song, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but this book has a GREAT BIG surprise ending! Author/artist Gris Grimly, raised on a farm and now lives in a city, decided to share his family’s version of this song with young readers. His illustrations are fun, action-filled, and include several surprises and sub-stories to delight the visually alert readers, including a ‘heart’ patch on the farmer’s overalls. A great family story.
Back matter includes a brief history of the song—an early version sung during WWI—its music, as well as old-timey pictures of Gris Grimly’s farming family.
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Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies
Paintings by James McMullan
Little Brown and Company 2009
Julie Andrews, through her passion for music, selects poems, songs and lullabies to bring joy to the reader’s ear. She includes a few of her own original poems. Songs include ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’!’, “Accentuate the Positive”, and “My Favorite Things”, which she sang in “The Sound of Music”. She introduces to readers the poem, “A Pit Pony’s Memory of the Strike”, a poem her grandfather wrote of a strike in England’s coal mines. For those musically inclined this collection is a special delight.
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