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Old MacDonald Had Her Farm

Old MacDonald Had Her Farm

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Hardcover : 9781554514571, 32 pages, June 2012 , 9.28" x 10.20"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781554514564, 32 pages, June 2012 , 9.03" x 10.00"


Old MacDonald had a farm like you’ve never seen before!

With a nod to the familiar refrain E-I-E-I-O, a day on this farm is framed by the vowels A-E-I-O-U—and sometimes Y.

Old MacDonald appears in an explosion of color and, starting with the letter A, proceeds to “saw barn planks, stack sacks, crank cranks, and whack gnats. ” The day progresses as every vowel is featured in action-packed bursts of lively text. Old MacDonald has devised a myriad of tools to make her job if not easier, then a lot more fun.

In chaotic scenes filled with pulleys, catapults, and flying machines, the farm becomes the background for a circus-like riot of fantastic contraptions.

With dozens of details to discover, and hilarious tongue-twisting text, this book is destined to become a favorite.


  • Joint winner, Recommended Reads List, Canadian Toy Testing Council 2013
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2013


“Readers will laugh as their tongues are tied, and will delight in being challenged by new words and ways of describing things. ”
—Quill & Quire, 08/12

- Quill & Quire

“It’s a wonderful read aloud, sing aloud, slow down and look around . . . and twist your tongue around the twisters kind of book. ”
—2ndgradereading. net, 11/11/12


“A brilliant reinvention of an old favorite. Lawson and Holdcroft have created a masterpiece of color and rhyme that young children will enjoy greedily. Highly Recommended. ”
—CM Reviews, 02/13

- CM Reviews

“A surefire shot at fun with language. ”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 09/02/12

- Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Zany, exuberantly colored pictures illustrate each verse in a double-page spread. ”
—Quebec Library Association, August, 2013n

- Quebec Library Association

“Brilliant work by both author and illustrator results in a fun-filled must-have book for school and public library shelves. ”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 01/13

- Canadian Children's Book News