Smiley, Miley. The Farm. Book Review.

Click here to buy Children’s Books: The Farm (Rhyming picture book, farm animals)

This is a preschool rhyming book. Each page features a farm animal. It is written in the rhyme scheme A B C B. Unfortunately, most authors don’t realize how difficult it is to write good rhyme. The first two pages work well, but by the time we get to the third page the rhythm starts to fall apart. At one point the author rhymes wool and cool, which make work visually but not to the child’s ear.

On some pages, the story seems to be sacrificed in order to rhyme,
“Goats are wandering
All over the farm
Being funny
And full of charm”.
I don’t think this page would mean much to the targeted audience.

There is no story. The book is a simple introduction to farm animals. It ends with
“Donkey see
Donkey do.
Do not step
On his poo!”

The pictures are bright, full-page cartoonish, and cute.


Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages



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