The Noisy Farm
Publication Date: June 2004
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Cock-a-doodle-doo! A rooster crows loudly and another noisy day at the farm begins. The farmer wakes up and we hear the floor creak under his feet. As he goes about his daily chores, a pail bumps his knee, pong, pong, poink! The cow moos while she is being milked, and the horses thumpety thump their hooves in anticipation of breakfast. But through all the click-clacking of the tractor and the oinking of the pigs, the quiet farmer never makes a peep. Only when his chores are finally done, and the sky is lit by stars, does the farmer stop for a moment to wish everything-from his cat to his cow, the stars and his plow-a hearty good night. At last the farm is quiet and the only sound we hear is the gentle snoring of the farmer, fast asleep after his busy day at the noisy farm.
Marni McGee is the author of award-winning picture books, easy readers, poetry, and historical fiction. Summer visits to her grandparents' home inspired The Noisy Farm. She remembers all the sounds of the farm and the loving way that her grandfather cared for his animals. Marni lives in Santa Barbara, California, and is the mother of two grown children.
Leonie Shearing studied illustration at Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, England, specializing in children's books. She lives and works in Brighton, England, with her husband, Russ, and a big fat ginger cat called Charlie.