Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo By Jim Aylesworth, Ills. Brad Sneed

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Onomatopoeia, or words that imitate the sound they indicate, pretty much dominates this book. While it might seem silly and repetitive to us, that with some gentle rhyming is pretty entertaining for young children to listen to read aloud. Ah, the poetry of the English language. Evy actually giggled every time I hit one of those words. “Caw! Caw! Caw!” Was especially amusing. (Here’s proof: https://youtu.be/yhEXNX03QJY)

Also from a child’s perspective are the pictures. Beautiful works with warm colors, they use angles and exaggerated sizes that mimic childhood perception. To add to the sentimentality of it, the book depicts a classic family farm life, wistful of traditional families and the disappearing family farm.  No cell phones. No skyscrapers. Lots of smiles and lots of greens, golds, and nighttime blues.

There are boys and girls in this book, but if you’re anti gender roles to the point of being bothered by a fictional or an accurate representation of a traditional family farm, avoid. You may also avoid reality by living exclusively under a rock. On a similar note, they eat the meat, so you know if you don’t want your kids to know most families that have farm animals eat them, stay away.

The book follows a day of meals, chores, and even captures that evening stillness from wake up until bed, and there is something really drawing about the photos and the story even if the rhymes and cricks and creaks and tick and tocks and smacks and whacks aren’t all our thing. Definitely pastoral and calming this one, and I bet you never realized how many sounds were out there on the farm besides the “nay nay” here and the “moo moo” there.

A surprising hit: Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo! Did I mention moo? Who doesn’t like Moos?

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-Evy and Me.

 

 

 

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