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Old MacDonald Had a . . . Zoo?

Old MacDonald Had a . . . Zoo?

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By: Iza Trapani

"E-I-E-I-Zoo?"

Iza Trapani is known for her clever twists on classic nursery rhymes. This time she outdoes herself with a visit to a longtime favorite Old MacDonald. His busy little farm — with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there — is out of control when zoo animals like kangaroos, elephants, and zebras join the menagerie. What’s a farmer to do? The old farmer eventually figures out what's happened, rounds the newcomers up, and brings them back where they belong--the nearby zoo.

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Iza Trapani

Iza Trapani was born in Poland. When she first came to the United States at the age of seven, she learned English in large part by reading a book of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. She is the author of over two-dozen children's books, including the best-selling The Itsy Bitsy Spider. She currently lives outside of Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Old MacDonald had a—kangaroo?!?It's just another day on the bespectacled white man's farm, starting with the milking of his cow and an E-I-E-I-O. But in the pig's sty, instead of an "oink oink" accompanying the E-I-E-I-O, there's a hopping kangaroo splattering mud everywhere. An elephant sprays Old MacDonald clean with water from the trough (with an E-I-E-I-O). Then…"Old MacDonald heard a crunch, E-I-E-I-O. / Zebras helped themselves to lunch, E-I-E-I-O. // With a chomp above, and a chomp below, / Here a chomp, there a chomp, / Everywhere a chomp chomp, / What a hungry, messy bunch, E-I-E-I-O." Then monkeys E-I-E-I-O in the henhouse, and a crocodile E-I-E-I-Os in the garden before Old MacDonald gets fed up. He bundles all the inappropriate animals into his truck and takes them back to the zoo with a vroom vroom and an E-I-E-I-O. Prolific nursery-rhymer Trapani turns the traditional song on its head for a rousing romp with some zoo escapees and some surprised farm denizens. Bright watercolor, acrylic, and ink illustrations, mostly in double-page spreads, are full of expressive animals. This update of the rhyme would be a fine addition to personal collections and will be welcome at storytime. A wild time on the MacDonald farm, with music included at the close.

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Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-729-7

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-973-0 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-974-7 PDF
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Ages: 2-5
Page count: 32
8 3/8 x 9 5/8

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade K. Standards 1-7, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1-7, 10

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