Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Woodworks Nursery Rhyme Books: Old MacDonald Had a Farm/The Wheels on the Bus

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
illustrated by Elliot Kreloff
2017 (Silver Dolphin)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher










The Wheels on the Bus
illustrated by Elliot Kreloff
2017 (Silver Dolphin)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher



You could buy a board book and that would be fine. Nothing wrong with a good board book. But what if you added transportation? Say a tractor or a bus. Have you seen a toddler with a toy car or truck? Their eyes brighten and their happiness meters go way up. Also included is a cool map that you can drive on with your tractor or bus. Old MacDonald has a colorful map that matches the verses in the song. This will crank up the vocabulary acquisition a few notches. Driving around town or the farm, there are several conversations to be had. On the farm, you drive by the cows first, so as you're singing and working on building vocabulary and phonemic awareness in your toddler's brain, sequence also comes into play. The great thing about these songs is that they're so catchy, your child will be singing them over and over again as they drive their vehicle. If you get tired of the songs, just remember how you are building the foundation for reading skills one song at a time. Driving, singing, and reading in an adorable package. Speaking of which, you could recycle your package by using it as building next to the map. This series will be a winner with the toddler crowd.





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