Old MacDonald Had A Woodshop

Old MacDonald Had A Woodshop

Book - 2002
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A female Old MacDonald builds a farm in her workshop.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam, c2002
ISBN: 9780399235962
Branch Call Number: PICTURE BOOK (JUV) Shulman, Lisa
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Wolff, Ashley - Illustrator


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DonnaN_KCMO Nov 15, 2016

Instead of animal sounds, children get to make the sounds of different tools. They also do the actions for the tools. Children enjoy the funny pictures and the surprise ending - what Old MacDonald and the parent animals have been building.

May 11, 2015

Old MacDonald had a workshop e-i-e-i-o! One animal after another comes into Mrs. MacDonald's workshop with a different tool hoping to help with her projects. As a team, using a saw, chisel, drill and more, they create something beautiful.

The illustrations appear to be created with paint. They are colorful and beautifully detailed including expressions on the animals' faces. There is a two page spread in the front and the back of a tool wall. Each tool is labeled including a bevel edge chisel and joiner's mallet.

I adored this story! First, there is the anticipation of what all of the animals are working on. There is a variety of tools and animals for children to learn about. There is humor throughout including a "tap tap ouch" when goat misses with the hammer and a very tired mouse who has been trying to clean up after everyone. There is plenty of variation to keep the story interesting such as when Mrs. MacDonald uses a different kind of saw in a different situation rather than just sawing on the same piece of wood. I also love that Mrs. MacDonald is a woman in this story. Who said Old MacDonald had to be a man? And she invites one and all into her workshop to enjoy the fun. I can't find a single thing about this story that I didn't like. I highly recommend it for all ages up to 8.

MariePat Jul 16, 2013

Nice variation to "Old MacDonald had a farm" by describing the tools used to build something. Kids will have fun making the noises that tools make.


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