Sunday, March 16, 2014

E.I.E.I.O. How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Matthew Myers

  • ISBN-13: 9780763660437
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
We all know that “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” and we’ve read the story and sung the song. Well, maybe some even “bought the T-shirt”! But who knows HOW Old MacDonald really got the farm in the first place?

Judy Sierra is going to share her “take” on how today’s Old MacDonald might get his farm and she does it taking in the whole sustainability (or green) issue along with it. But you don’t feel as though a bunch of tree huggers wrote the book. It is cute. It is fun. It is innovative!

Illustrated with absurdly cute and colorful pictures by Matthew Myers, the story really comes alive and captures the reader’s (and definitely the listener’s) attention.
First of all we get a glimpse of where MacDonald lives- the suburbs complete with large yards covered with grass that needs mowing. Despairing of this mundane and boring chore, he has a visitor – The Little Red Hen – who rescues him with a brilliant idea.
“Not your average bird was she,
but the smartest hen in history."
“Join me in a garden caper--
cover up this grass with paper,
layer cardboard, then add dirt.”
On and on it goes in catchy rhyme (caught your little one’s attention, too) until in the end……. Well, you do know that “Old MacDonald Had A Farm…. E.I.E.I.O.

And of course, I recommend this delightful book that is fun, teaches working together and sustainability, and does it with eye-popping and strong but cute characters, and with rhyming text.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of E.I.E.I.O. How Old MacDonald Got His Farm from Candlewick Press in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.


  1. not sure of name but was about a donkey with long ears

  2. My favorite song was Wheels on the Bus and my favorite story book was A Porcupine Named Fluffy!

  3. The Wheels on the Bus was my favorite!

  4. My favorite story was Little Engine That Could. Not much like E.I.E.I.O....

  5. I liked The House That Jack Built.

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  6. I loved Clifford the big red dog stories that my grandma used to read to us

  7. I liked the pokey little puppy. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  8. Lady with the alligator purse was my fav!

  9. My favorite story was always The Three Little Pigs.. and now my daughter loves it too!

  10. my favortie children's story was anything LIttle Critters or maybe Where The Wild Thing Are...

  11. My favorite is brown bear brown bear

  12. I liked We Are Going on A Bear Hunt and the Very Hungry Caterpillar!


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