By: AudioFile Magazine,
- September 15, 2012
"What a great read-along for the preschool set! In text, Wendell Minor's visit to the farm involves intriguing questions and answers about favorite farm animals, and in his lush illustrations, he creates animals that young listeners will want to reach out and touch. Tom Bodett's rich timbre and distinctive intonation bring an authentic country touch to the story. His emphasis on the rhythm and rhyme is light: "The pigs have no pool to keep themselves cool." Bodett's pacing is not leisurely, but no matter. One can't help but look and listen repeatedly to this attractive book-and-CD combination. Farm sound effects provide background, and additional farm facts complete the production."
By: School Library Journal,
- November 1, 2012
"Listeners are greeted by chirping birds, a mooing cow, and a crowing rooster, and welcomed to the farm by narrator Tom Bodett whose soothing, folksy delivery enhances this charming picture book (Putnam, 2011) written and illustrated by Wendell Minor. The pace is slow enough for listeners to take time to pour over the luminous illustrations and consider the rhyming text that offers fun facts about common farm animals, with a humorous twist. Bodett’s voice is especially well-suited to sharing wry insights like, “cows drink a bathtub full of water to produce milk every day, but suppose you tried to take a bath and a cow got in the way?” Bodett seems as surprised as listeners to learn that a content turkey purrs like a cat and that a horse often sleeps standing up. Bodett steers clear of singsong cadence, which is fortunate, as some of the rhymes are a bit awkward. The narration of each page is accompanied by its own quiet but jaunty tune performed by woodwinds and strings. Sounds of the featured animals are also audible. The book concludes with additional bits of trivia about each of the ten highlighted animals. Listeners will enjoy their experience at the farm and want to revisit often."–Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH
- October 15, 2012
"Twittering birds, mooing cows, and Chris Kubie's original banjo music open this gentle story for the very young. Reading in his familiar folksy tones and a slight twang, Bodett welcomes listeners to the farm as he relays the simple rhymes in a conversational speech pattern that allows the narrative to flow smoothly, devoid of a singsong quality. Authentic barnyard sounds punctuate author and illustrator Minor's exquisite drawings, which give the farm and animals a special glow. Even various barnyard surfaces-mud, meadow, hay, and grass-are richly textured. Bodett's reading and background farm sounds will inspire young children to participate in the animals' oinks, moos, neighs, cheeps, baas, and cock-a-doodle-doos. Bodett reads the final page's fun facts, which contribute interesting tidbits about farm animals. The price includes a hardcover book." - Lolly Gepson