Ellie’s Fun Day at the Farm, by Marci and Elle Fair ISBN 9780996363532
Five out of five stars
This book is full of bad puns that will make adults groan and children giggle. Some examples are:
“Then they found an egg-stra special suprise – hidden duck eggs”
“The happy goats were kidding around as they played and ran in the yard.”
Ellie and Pudgy are a small stuffed elephant and penguin respectively. In this book they take a trip to an active farm so that they can learn how farmers take care of animals and produce the food that we eat. The two adventurers are introduced to a rabbit, a horse, a donkey, some sheep, a dairy cow, ducks, chickens, geese, pigs and goats. They also take a trek through a vegetable garden. After that they are so tired that they had to jump into a hammock to get some rest.
Written at roughly the level of the second grade reader, this book is very educational. While the explanations are necessarily brief, they contain enough information for the young reader to learn something about how farms operate. It would be helpful if there were an adult co-reader the first time that the child reads it, for they may not understand all the puns. For example, the second one mentioned will not be understood by the reader that does not know that a baby goat is called a “kid.”
This book was made available for free for review purposes.