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Beyond Old MacDonald

Funny Poems from Down on the Farm

Charley Hoce, Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)


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Old MacDonald had a farm, but what did that oink-oink pig and honk-honk goose really do? They had all sorts of escapades, as readers will discover in this collection of silly, rhyming poems about farm life. Charley Hoce taps his twenty-two years as a classroom teacher to write verse that is perfectly pitched to young children's (sometimes corny) sense of humor. And he's deliberately woven in language skills that young children need to practice. "Children love puns, homophones, idioms, and anything that turns convention upside down," says Charley. So a sheep goes on the lam, a cow wears a dress that makes her calves look small, a bull literally teeters in a china shop. Old MacDonald's farm has never been so much fun!

Praise For Beyond Old MacDonald: Funny Poems from Down on the Farm

"The humor is age appropriate and poems about 'ants in my plants' and a hoarse horse will appeal to children who are beginning to enjoy playing with language. . . . This book is fun, but it's also excellentfor classroom use; a 'Wordplay Guide' that indicates language skills, such as identifying homophones, personification, and idioms, is appended." --School Library Journal

Wordsong, 9781590783122, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2005

About the Author

Charley Hoce lives in West Manchester, Ohio, with his wife, Joanele, and their son, C.J. Although he has never lived on a farm, he has felt sheepish, bullish, chicken, and shocked.

Eugenie Fernandes spent much of her childhood drawing in her father's art studio on Long Island. She has illustrated numerous books for children, including The Mouse Was Out at Recess, by David L. Harrison.