Great Picture Books

Farmyard Beat 
by Lindsey Craig
Illustrated by Marc Brown
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 
32p.   ISBN 978-0375864551

Recommended ages: 3-5 years

Farmyard Beat begins with chicks who just cannot get to sleep because "they got that beat". All their rhythmic peeping wakes up sheep. The story continues with each animal joining in the fun while waking up the next animals that rhyme with the sound that they are making. The rhythm and rhyme of the text invites the listener to become involved in telling the story through movement and guessing the animals that are coming next in the story. Farmer Sue enters the scene when the animals awaken her with their Farmyard Beat. Listeners are led to wonder if Farmer Sue will be upset with the animals, but the surprise is that she joins in the fun, until all of the animals become tired and "fall in a heap asleep" along with Farmer Sue in her bed. 


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