While I was writing up this post, my ever-vigilant dogs suddenly roused themselves from a sound sleep to bark and snarl and hurl themselves at the french doors that look out on the back yard. Assuming such behavior could only mean an invasion of some type, I went to investigate. Was the bear up from his long winter's nap? Had a pack of hungry coyotes dared to breech The Perimeter? Were we being attacked by giant meatball-headed spaghetti people from Mars?
Here was the cause of the alarm:
|One of last year's babies, looking a little scruffy in between|
winter and spring coats
I did not let them out. I figured this little miss could use some green grass after the long winter. So she snacked and the Protectresses sulked and I went back to writing this post.
This is just a little sample of the kind of action-packed, emotionally-charged, wild and crazy life we live up here on Blueberry Hill :)
Although Tuesday night's snow is still melting, I insist on believing it is spring and I have a fun, spring-appropriate title to share with you all today which is especially fitting in view of the wildlife on my lawn that makes this place feel like a farm (of sorts :))! (And no jokes about the funny farm! :))
Written By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated By: Matthew Myers
Candlewick, February 2014, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: composting, gardening, perseverance, innovation
Opening: "Old MacDonald had a house E-I-E-I-O! Around that house there was a yard MOW MOW MOW MOW MOW! MacDonald said, "I love my yard, but mowing grass is mighty hard." So off he went to get a goat E-I-E-I-O!"
Brief Synopsis: In case anyone was wondering how Old MacDonald got his farm, it all started with too much mowing. Old MacDonald's solution? Get a goat. But the goat only ate the edges and then chewed a hole in MacDonald's hedges. Luckily, a smart little red hen came along and taught Old MacDonald a thing or two about sustainable farming :)
Links To Resources: Do The Rot Thing: A Teacher's Guide To Compost Activities, all about Worms, Recycling and Composting, How To Plant Seeds With Kids
Why I Like This Book: I always love new twists on familiar stories. Judy Sierra has taken Old MacDonald to a whole new level. The story is humorous (and so is the art - be sure to read the hen's diplomas and all the picket signs :)) and young readers will learn about composting and growing a garden right along with Old MacDonald. This is a great story for spring, and a wonderfully fun way to introduce kids to the concept of green farming.
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Have a great weekend, everyone!!! :)