Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Old Mikamba had a Farm by Rachel Isadora -ADVISABLE

Isadora, Rachel Old Mikamba had a Farm Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin), 2013. $17.99  PICTURE BOOK
In this African themed retelling of Old MacDonald had a Farm, the reader gets to meet a plethora of African animals. From Hippo’s to Springbok to Dassie’s. Includes information about each animal at the end of the book. Features collage style illustrations and text font variation for added interest.
The illustrations are outstanding, with bright colors, adorable animals, and lots of texture. I think children who are familiar with Old Macdonald will misconstrue that Old Mikamba’s animals live on a farm, as in the original song. There are so many animals featured in this book that parents and teachers may despair at reading it aloud, with never ending animal sound filled verses. Would be a decent way to introduce young readers to the animals of Africa.
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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